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n. pl. ges·soes
1. A preparation of plaster of Paris and glue used as a base for low relief or as a surface for painting.
2. A surface of gesso.

[Italian, from Latin gypsum, gypsum; see gypsum.]

ges′soed adj.


1. (Art Terms) a white ground of plaster and size, used esp in the Middle Ages and Renaissance to prepare panels or canvas for painting or gilding
2. (Art Terms) any white substance, esp plaster of Paris, that forms a ground when mixed with water
[C16: from Italian: chalk, gypsum]


(ˈdʒɛs oʊ)

n., pl. -soes.
gypsum or plaster of Paris prepared with glue for use as a surface for painting.
[1590–1600; < Italian < Latin gypsum gypsum]
ges′soed, adj.


A mixture of plaster of Paris or gypsum and glue, used as a base for bas relief or to prepare a painting surface.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gesso - gypsum or plaster of Paris spread on a surface to make it suitable for painting or gilding (or a surface so prepared)
gypsum - a common white or colorless mineral (hydrated calcium sulphate) used to make cements and plasters (especially plaster of Paris)
plaster of Paris, plaster - any of several gypsum cements; a white powder (a form of calcium sulphate) that forms a paste when mixed with water and hardens into a solid; used in making molds and sculptures and casts for broken limbs
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The limbs and heads of these dolls were made in exactly the same way as their religious counterparts, using layers of gesso and wax painted in life-like colours.
The paintings have layer upon layer of oil paint and gesso on the canvas, colours and patterns scraped and exposed, like archeology on canvas.
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White combines his knowledge of art and technical skills by using techniques such as the application of black gesso paint and a process called stippling, in which he adds a series of dots onto the wood in a random pattern that makes the main design element come forward.
The second section deals with crafting traditional art materials: making wasli paper and tying brushes from squirrel hair for miniature painting; grinding pigments from such materials as lapis lazuli, cochineal, madder, malachite, and cinnabar; making oil and egg tempera paints; making and using gesso and bole; fine gilding.
The book covers the fundamental principles of Islamic arts and crafts: geometry, islimi and calligraphy; the widely used materials and tools, including pigments, gesso panels, gilding equipment, brushes, pens and paper.
In another change from her usual work, Coe began these canvases with an underlayer of black gesso, meaning she has created these paintings as if from darkness.