Polychromy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Polychromy (Anc. Art) The art or practice of combining different colors, especially brilliant ones, in an artistic way.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n polychromy Decoration or execution in many colors; specifically, the practice of coloring more or less completely statues and the exteriors and interiors of buildings. This practice dates from the highest antiquity, and reached its greatest artistic perfection in Greece, where it was consistently applied to all sculpture and architecture. In archaic examples the coloring was the most complete and strong, and in the case of sculpture was to a great extent conventional—men's flesh, for instance, being colored deep-brown or red, and women's white or yellowish. In the architecture of the best time, while surfaces of considerable extent were still brilliantly colored, as in red or blue, the chief part of many features, as of columns, was left in the natural color of the marble, or perhaps merely slightly tinted, and discreetly set off with meanders or other ornaments in gilding or strong color. Throughout Europe, during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, architectural polychromy was employed with admirable effect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Polychromy decoration or execution in many colours, esp. of statuary or buildings
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Poly-, + Gr. color

Usage

In literature:

Of polychromy and what it was.
"Polly in New York" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
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In news:

Using Le Corbusier's 1931 classic, Polychromie Architecturale, as her inspiration, Dwell founder Lara Deam presents her third custom-created color palette using hues from Ralph Lauren Paint.
It possesses the bright polychromy of baroque art, but with individual sketches of a skateboard or two thrown in for visual effect.
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