American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A preparation of plaster of Paris and glue used as a base for low relief or as a surface for painting.
- n. A surface of gesso.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the fine arts: A prepared mass or surface of plaster, usually as a ground for painting.
- n. Hence, by extension— Any preparation applied to a surface to fit it to receive painting.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Plaster of Paris, or gypsum, esp. as prepared for use in painting, or in making bas-reliefs and the like; by extension, a plasterlike or pasty material spread upon a surface to fit it for painting or gilding, or a surface so prepared.
- n. obsolete A work of art done in gesso.
- n. gypsum or plaster of Paris spread on a surface to make it suitable for painting or gilding (or a surface so prepared)
- From Italian gesso (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from Latin gypsum, gypsum; see gypsum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The crow on the back is black gesso from a stencil i cut, highlighted with paint marker.”
“Before applying the silkscreens to the wood beveled panels, she coats them with rabbit skin gesso, which helps to create the wonderful sense of luminosity her paintings possess.”
“It has been suggested that she even introduced the Syrian practice of wearing wigs to the women of Rome, although several detachable marble hairpieces belonging to female sculptures from the early and mid-second century have been found, some with traces of a plaster adhesive called gesso that was presumably used to stick the marble wig to the head.”
“Artists are familiar with yeso. .we call it gesso. esperanza”
“Modern acrylic-based grounds incorrectly called "gesso" do not damage the canvas so they can be applied directly without sizing.”
“So, after I "gesso" the book, I let it dry standing upright and "fanned" open between coats.”
“_in tempera_ on a kind of gesso ground laid on a wooden planking nearly an inch thick.”
“Do you "gesso," as others said in the links I followed from your site -- and if so, how and when? ”
“When the gesso is dry, I breathe on the raised letter or design to moisten it so it can receive the thin sheaf of gold I carefully lay down with tweezers.”
“Puline purrs at my feet while I read about how to make something gold: First I outline my drawing in ink, next I paint on gesso where the gold will go.”
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