fron·​tal·​i·​ty ˌfrən-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce frontality (audio)
sculpture : a schematic composition of the front view that is complete without lateral movement
painting : the depiction of an object, figure, or scene in a plane parallel to the plane of the picture surface

Examples of frontality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The painting’s rich detail and foursquare frontality all but command attention. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2023 But such efforts were entirely consistent with his practice of sending two paintings to the Salon every year—modern life subjects and portraits—calculated, in their scale and stark frontality, to command attention on the densely hung walls of the Palais de l’Industrie. Colin B. Bailey, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2020 But with their stiff frontality, artifice, high-key colors and stylization, his figures had a strong element of abstraction. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 20 June 2021 But his figures, with exquisite contours akin to Botticelli’s, have a blunt frontality that recalls American folk art., 31 Oct. 2019 Napoleon’s stature here is magnified by the hieratic frontality of his pose and the fact that the image fills almost the entire canvas. Benjamin Shull, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of frontality was in 1905

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“Frontality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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