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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 aspect of Meppayil's work most relevant to Mohamedi's legacy is her exploration of the grid: slender horizontal lines in gold or copper wire partially embedded in the whiteness of a carefully prepared, immaculate gesso surface, their subtly irregular spacing and varying degrees of visibility continually unsettling the figure/ground gestalt (figure 2a).
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Recria, amplia e recodifica alguns desses objetos, e se apropria de imagens banais de santos catolicos, entidades do candomble e macumba, personalidades do folclore, bichos, brinquedos e herois infantis, moldados em gesso, plastico ou borracha, atribuindo-lhes novos significados ao aloca-los em contextos paradoxais e bem humorados (Figura 2).
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