• WordNet 3.6
    • n gesso gypsum or plaster of Paris spread on a surface to make it suitable for painting or gilding (or a surface so prepared)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gesso A work of art done in gesso.
    • Gesso 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gesso In the fine arts: A prepared mass or surface of plaster, usually as a ground for painting.
    • n gesso Hence, by extension— Any preparation applied to a surface to fit it to receive painting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gesso jes′ō a plaster surface, prepared as a ground for painting.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., chalk, plaster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Gum and rose water are also prescribed, and again, gesso, white of egg, and honey.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
The capitals of the pillars, the buttons on the clothes, and the rays of the angel are embossed with gilded gesso, as also are the distant hills.
"Luca Signorelli" by Maud Cruttwell
One will take naturally to oil-painting, another may find clay or gesso her means of artistic expression.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
Both frame and picture are in a bad state, the gesso having scaled off in places.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
No color is so noble as the color of a good painting on canvas or gesso.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
The plaster, in this case, is to be considered as the gesso ground on panel or canvas.
"The Seven Lamps of Architecture" by John Ruskin
These old processes are modelling in Stucco-duro and Gesso.
"Arts and Crafts Essays" by Various
The guests had only just begun dinner when Ali brought Placido Tomaselli a letter, which a countryman from Gesso had placed in his hands.
"The Sicilian Bandit" by Alexandre Dumas, pere

In news:

Found photograph, powdered charocoal and gesso on wood.
SAN ANGELO, Texas — On Oct 22, the junior class at Cornerstone Christian School went to Mr Sustek's art studio to paint wood beams with gesso, which is white primer.
The artist's "Small Island in the Sun," acrylic on gesso.
Oil, oil stick, gesso, and graphite on wood.
Vinyl-based paint, silkscreen ink, and gesso on canvas.

In science:

Parole chiave: Luminescenza, Concrezionamento, Carsismo in gesso, Variazioni climatiche, Bologna, Italia.
Luminescence of Speleothems in Italian Gypsum Caves: Preliminary Report