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Realism in art and literature.

[Italian verismo, from vero, true, from Latin vērus; see wērə-o- in Indo-European roots.]

ver′ist n.
ve·ris′tic (və-rĭs′tĭk) adj.


1. (Art Terms) extreme naturalism in art or literature
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) extreme naturalism in art or literature
[C19: from Italian verismo, from vero true, from Latin vērus]
ˈverist n, adj
veˈristic adj


(ˈvɪər ɪz əm, ˈvɛr-)

strict representation of truth and reality in art and literature, including the homely and vulgar.
[1890–95; < Latin vēr(us) true + -ism; compare verismo]
ver′ist, n., adj.
ve•ris′tic, adj.


a naturalistic approach, especially in portraiture, in which every wrinkle and flaw of the subject is faithfully reproduced; extreme realism. Cf. Naturalism, Realism.Verist, n. — Veristic, adj.
See also: Art
the artistic use of commonplace, everyday, and contemporary material in opera, especially some 20th-century Italian and French works, as Louise. — verist, n., adj. — veristic, adj.
See also: Music
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Music performed by the characters is limited to that which scholars reconstruct for ancient Israel and reference is made to various biblical social institutions, all which give the program a veristic flavour.
Throughout the last two centuries this anxiety was mirrored in the all too swift succession of a host of essentially post-romantic aesthetic currents: "Art became naturalistic, veristic, scientific in its methods, running through the sequences of Impressionism, until at last, in an ultimate despair of expression, it has become expressionistic.
'"Experience Illuminated': Veristic Representation in Glasgow's Short Stories." Scura 74-86.
An interesting discovery featured on the CD (and a good full stop to round it off) is an aria from the generally little-known opera Salome by Antoine Mariotte, dating from the time when Richard Strauss was creating his celebrated eponymous work, with its musical style revealing a penchant for Art Nouveau colours, decadent piquancy and refinement, as well as veristic poignancy.
Thus, Jameson's definition of "magic realism" in film clarifies Nuovomondo's floating cinematic dimension, between the gritty realism of image and language in Visconti's La terra trema (1948), inspired by the veristic novel I Malavoglia [The House by the Medlar Tree (1881)], and the dreamlike reinvention of "the" historical event of modernity, the conflagration of the First World War, in Fellini's E la nave va (1986).
Along with other veristic bodypart art works, such as AD 1-800 Peruvian head vessels, that Jeffrey Quilter argues serve as "technologies of enchantment by momentarily convincing viewers that they are looking at a living person," the hyperreal arm reliquary is also invested with social agency, performing different roles depending on the context of their display (Quilter 2007 138).
Embarrassed by recent exposures of fraudulent memoirs, their authors and publishers try to rescue them as "emotionally true" or as fiction so veristic that it deserves applause.
Veristic rather than idealised portraits were created in the early 3rd century BC for, among others, the Athenian poet Menander and for Seleukos I Nikator, successor to Alexander the Great and founder of the Seleukid dynasty.
Grazia Deledda's name inevitably invokes Sardinia, and with it the concomitant category of "regional literature," written in a veristic mode.
The mural crown, of course, occasioned immediate comment; and the notion that he was some sort of personification, that he must be some sort of personification, would have moved into position as the most likely explanation had it not been for his veristic portrait features.