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 (grĭ-zī′, -zāl′)
1. A style of monochromatic painting in shades of gray, used especially for the representation of relief sculpture.
2. A painting or design in this style.
a. Vitrifiable glass paint.
b. A lacy pattern painted on light glass with vitrifiable paint and fired.

[French, from gris, gray, from Old French, from Frankish *grīs.]


(ɡrɪˈzeɪl; French ɡrizɑj)
1. (Art Terms) a technique of monochrome painting in shades of grey, as in an oil painting or a wall decoration, imitating the effect of relief
2. (Art Terms) a painting, stained glass window, etc, in this manner
[C19: from French, from gris grey]


(grɪˈzaɪ, -ˈzeɪl)

monochromatic painting in shades of gray.
[1840–50; < French =gris gray + -aille n. suffix]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grisaille - chiaroscuro painting or stained glass etc., in shades of grey imitating the effect of reliefgrisaille - chiaroscuro painting or stained glass etc., in shades of grey imitating the effect of relief
chiaroscuro - a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color
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In 'California Art Collector,' a matron, rendered in modern grisaille, occupies an armchair beneath a lean-to that echoes the manger in Piero Della Francesca's 'Nativity' in the National Gallery in London.
Notre quotidien est fait de plusieurs saison grisaille du matin, l'euphorie de midi et le stress du bouclage.
Handler, who is perhaps better known by his pen name Lemony Snicket, gives his hero more depth when Cole meets his match in the exotic, experienced Grisaille.
But the catalog also includes one produced in pastels on paper, another in silverpoint and watercolor on parchment, and some striking examples by Karl Gustav Klingstedt who used Indian ink and watercolor on parchment to achieve the effect of grisaille.
Each one is crafted with luxurious materials like gold and silver spangles, grisaille enamel, Limoges white and gold powder that emphasize their luminosity.
The new framing device of marble bands studded with medallions offered further meta-pictorial opportunities, as did the contrast between the radiant colour of the narrative scenes and the trompe-l'oeil sculpture realized in grisaille.
Pour ce rendez-vous, les fans sauront si l'effet Hidoussi est reel ou si la victoire face au CSC n'aura ete tout simplement qu'un eclair dans la grisaille.
Combining the eye of van Gogh, who wrested grisaille beauty from the Borinage's sooty skies and grim interiors, with the poetics and leftist politics of Meyer's compatriot Henri Storck and the Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens, directors of the landmark documentary about a 1932 mining strike, Misere au Borinage (1933), the starkly eloquent From the Branches turns coal-mine tradings and abject workers' quarters into a terrain of privation, where silicosis abounds and a slag heap serves as a playground for the children: They skitter down the obsidian hills on metal griddles and race across a smoldering landscape that, recalling the volcanic topography of Rossellini's Journey to Italy (1954), belches jets of steaming stench.
It was so dark we thought it was a grisaille but when we took it to the restorer he said it had not only colour but also gilding.
La grisaille s'installera au fil des heures devenant sur le sud.
Moody suggests that grisaille illuminations could be used for didactic effect or, as can be seen with Flemish prayer book, Princeton, MS 223, a desire for aristocratic associations.
Grisaille is paradoxical, fusing both representation and imagination.