ecphrasis

noun
ec·​phra·​sis

less common spelling of

: a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art

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“Ecphrasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecphrasis. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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