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A usually scaled-down version or model of an intended work such as a sculpture or mural.
[French, from Italian macchietta, sketch, diminutive of macchia, spot, from Latin macula.]
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(Art Terms) a sculptor's small preliminary model or sketch
[C20: from French, from Italian macchietta a little sketch, from macchia, from macchiare, from Latin maculāre to stain, from macula spot, blemish]
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a small model or study in three dimensions for a sculptural or architectural project.
[1900–05; < French < Italian macchietta, diminutive of macchia a sketch, complex of lines]
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(French: “small model”) A small wax or clay model made by a sculptor in preparation for larger work.
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