alla prima


al·​la pri·​ma
: a method of painting in which pigments are laid on in a single application instead of being built up by repeated paintings

Word History


Italian, at once

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alla prima was in 1823

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“Alla prima.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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