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Of, consisting of, or forming a pictorial composition of human or animal figures.

fig′ur·al·ly adv.


(Art Terms) composed of or relating to human or animal figures


(ˈfɪg yər əl)

consisting of figures, esp. human or animal figures.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin]
fig′ur•al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.figural - consisting of or forming human or animal figures; "a figural design"; "the figurative art of the humanistic tradition"- Herbert Read
representational - (used especially of art) depicting objects, figures,or scenes as seen; "representational art"; "representational images"
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En primer termino, la interpretacion figural presentaba una diferencia sustancial respecto de la comprension tradicional judia en lo tocante ai alcance de su comprension historica.
Image: Figural pedestal dish, Colima culture (west Mexico).
Perhaps the warm hues and soft contours of the clay, evocative of glabrous skin, are key to this impression; perhaps the structures of the forms, with their long cylindrical passages, gradual swells and gentle descents into concavities, parallel the shape of the human body too closely to be mistaken for references to anything else; perhaps the history of modernist figural abstraction has simply conditioned perception to accept the merest hints of the body as proof of its presence.
The Just Desserts line features sweet sayings such as "tres bonne" and "tres sweet" on whimsical plates, cups and accessories in pastel colors, with embossed swirls and figural decorations.
John David Dawson is both precise and persuasive in his argument that the early Christian theologian Origen should be understood as a figural interpreter of Christian Scripture and that Origen's manner of figural interpretation provides present day Christian readers with a model for a less supersessionist, and therefore more ethical, appropriation of the biblical narrative.
Mink ha denominado comprension figural a este tipo particular de comprension efectuada por la historiografia, con el fin de destacar su caracter holistico o gestaltico.
Researchers who gave brain tumor patients daily doses of donepezil over a period of 24 weeks found that among patients who completed the study, there was significant improvement in verbal and figural memory (the ability to recall shapes), attention, concentration and verbal fluency, along with a reduction in levels of anger, confusion and fatigue.
In a city defined by the Jeffersonian grid, the library pulls away from the orthogonal edges of the site to take on a figural character appropriate to its status as a civic institution.
His figural work, for which he is best known, included scandalously daring and sexual depictions of nudes.
The stylized faces and bodies depicted on this mask are characteristic of Yoruba figural art.
Using wire and polyurethane, her works may take the form of a shadow box, such as "Permeance" (1990), or as a figural sculpture, such as "Goodbye Goddess" (2003).
It is of interest to note that the arts directly related to architecture, mosaics, fresco painting and figural sculpture were favoured by the Umayyads.