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 (ĭn-tăl′yō, -täl′-)
n. pl. inta·glios
a. A figure or design carved into or beneath the surface of hard metal or stone.
b. The art or process of carving a design in this manner.
2. A gemstone carved in intaglio.
3. Printing done with a plate bearing an image in intaglio.
4. A die incised so as to produce a design in relief.

[Italian, from intagliare, to engrave : in-, in (from Latin; see in-2) + tagliare, to cut (from Vulgar Latin *talliāre, from Late Latin tāliāre; see tailor).]


n, pl -lios or -li (-ljiː)
1. (Jewellery) a seal, gem, etc, ornamented with a sunken or incised design, as opposed to a design in relief. Compare cameo
2. (Art Terms) the art or process of incised carving
3. (Art Terms) a design, figure, or ornamentation carved, engraved, or etched into the surface of the material used
4. (Art Terms) any of various printing techniques using an etched or engraved plate. The whole plate is smeared with ink, the surface wiped clean, and the ink in the recesses then transferred to the paper or other material
5. (Tools) an incised die used to make a design in relief
[C17: from Italian, from intagliare to engrave, from tagliare to cut, from Late Latin tāliāre; see tailor]
intagliated adj


(ɪnˈtæl yoʊ, -ˈtɑl-)

n., pl. -tagl•ios, -ta•gli (-ˈtæl yi, -ˈtɑl-)

v. n.
1. incised carving, as opposed to carving in relief.
2. ornamentation with a figure or design sunk below the surface.
3. a figure or design so produced.
4. a gem, seal, piece of jewelry, etc., cut with an incised or sunken design.
5. an incised or countersunk die.
6. a printing process in which a design or text is recessed below the surface of a plate so that when ink is applied and the excess wiped off, ink remains in the grooves for transfer to paper.
7. to incise or display in intaglio.
[1635–45; < Italian, derivative of intagliare to cut in, engrave =in- in-2 + tagliare to cut < Late Latin tāliāre; see tailor]


1. Carving in which the design is cut into the surface. Compare relief.
2. Carving in small scale, as on a gemstone, the design being cut into the surface. Hence any such form of printmaking process such as etching (as opposed to a cameo gem or relief etching, and a woodcut in which the ground is cut away leaving a projecting design).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.intaglio - a printing process that uses an etched or engraved plateintaglio - a printing process that uses an etched or engraved plate; the plate is smeared with ink and wiped clean, then the ink left in the recesses makes the print
printing process, printing - reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication
photogravure - printing from an intaglio plate prepared by photographic methods
2.intaglio - glyptic art consisting of a sunken or depressed engraving or carving on a stone or gem (as opposed to cameo)
glyptic art, glyptography - carvings or engravings (especially on precious stones)
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And with the perfect grace of an intaglio, he shows, as in truth the minute intaglio may do, the faculty of structure, the logic of poetry.
She is extremely perfect; she is as hard and clear-cut as some little figure of a sea-nymph in an antique intaglio, and I will warrant that she has not a grain more of sentiment or heart than if she was scooped out of a big amethyst.
Some were cameos, portraits in raised or 'positive' relief, but most were intaglios, where the engraver has painstakingly created 'negative' sculptural relief images of extraordinary dimensionality and detail.
All ring stones and intaglios had a special and significant meaning about which we can only speculate given the mists of time," Alan says.
The aim of the present research is to identify the minerals in selected archaeological items from Slovak National Museum collections (beads from the Bratislava City Museum and intaglios from the Archaeological Museum in Bratislava) that had been previously described only on the basis of their macro-appearance.
New York, NY, April 30, 2014 --( Top This: Detritus Intaglios & The DogHeadShop by Stuart Rapeport
The topics include non-destructive gemmological tests to identify ancient gems, magical gems and classical archaeology, intaglios and cameos from Gaul in the third and fourth centuries AD, the Belgrade cameo, and reflections on gems depicting the contest of Athena and Poseidon.
This second, much smaller show at Frederico Seve presented just thirteen pieces, dating from 1963 through 1991 and including intaglios, lithographs, silk screens, and ink drawings, plus a lithographic artist's book.
Paw prints of my dog in snow like the intaglios in sandy soil I sighted days ago in Kanha Park, tracking them in a 4 x 4-- claw marks on a sacred sal trunk, alarm calls of langurs, the frantic spotted deer-- the tawny Bengal serene in thickets of bamboo, unlike one I saw as a child pacing inside his cage, bars and stripes becoming one, my wish to stroke him still, release the latch-- maybe why I've come.
intaglios. I suppose it's fruitless to try to convince you.
Also very highly recommended for personal, academic, and community library American Art History reference collections is the previous volume of his work: "Robert Kipniss: Intaglios 1982-2004" (Hudson Hills Press, 2004).