alla prima

noun
al·​la pri·​ma | \ ˌäləˈprēmə, ˌal- \

Definition of alla prima

: a method of painting in which pigments are laid on in a single application instead of being built up by repeated paintings

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First Known Use of alla prima

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alla prima

Italian, at once

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“Alla prima.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alla%20prima. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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