Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A round painting, relief, or similar work of art.

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  • n. A round picture or other work of art

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plate or dish with a flat rim very wide in proportion to the size of the center, and usually decorated with especial reference to the border painted upon this rim or marly. Compare tondino.

Etymologies

Italian, short for rotondo, round, from Latin rotundus; see rotund.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Two of these pictures, circular in form (called tondo, round) have become very famous.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • The show includes Bouguereau paintings of a water girl; a bather; two gypsies; and a nude winged Cupid, and is fleshed out with paintings and sculptures by his contemporaries, including a striking tondo by Jean-Léon Gérôme.

    The Shape of Things

  • November 17th, 2009 5: 33 pm ET its about time they start to look at jobs and stop the stupidy with the bailout healthcare (which has nothing tondo with care costs and proscriptions just ins. so great job, not) but heck it took the pres 2 months to get a dog cant work to fast I might miss something. shmeckel

    Hoyer: Dems plan vote on jobs bill before Christmas

  • The Berlin tondo of Septimius Severus, Julia Domna, and their sons Caracalla and Geta is the only painted portrait of an imperial family to survive from antiquity.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • The crude faceless void left by the erasure of his portrait on the Berlin tondo, for example, shows signs of having been smeared with excrement.66

    Caesars’ Wives

  • The “Berlin tondo,” as it is known, is not only the most famous portrait of Julia Domna and her husband; it is the only painted portrait of members of the Roman imperial family that survives from antiquity, affording us for the first time a precious chance to look on the faces of the new incumbents of the Palatine in color.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • Though in fact the red and orange colour scheme of the theatre's interior dates from the 1920s -- it was originally pink, grey and white, as in the not very Mogul pastoral tondo over the proscenium.

    Iain Sinclair: Banned by Labour, invited by Lib Dems

  • Chi nasce tondo non muore quadro, ma può sempre imparare dai propri errori…

    No Fat Clips!!! : Miller Genuine Draft: Conversation

  • Look at his wonderful tondo painting, the Virgin and Child with Saints Jerome and John the Baptist, where he makes the poison green and electric blue of the Virgin's mantle even more intense by placing them next to the bright yellow and orange mops of curly hair sported by the goofy Christ child and even goofier John the Baptist.

    Renaissance Siena

  • He nobit smorfi and go poltri and let all the tondo gang bola del ruffo.

    Finnegans Wake

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  • "Profs who do schoolwork on Pollock look for photobooks on Orozco or Rothko (two tomfools who throw bold colors, blotch on blotch, onto tondos of dropcloth)."
    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 76

    May 22, 2010

  • a circular painting or relief sculpture.

    February 4, 2008