fron·​tal·​i·​ty | \ ˌfrən-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce frontality (audio) \

Definition of frontality

1 sculpture : a schematic composition of the front view that is complete without lateral movement
2 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 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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First Known Use of frontality

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Frontality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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