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

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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, "Portraiture as Propaganda," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of frontality

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of frontality was in 1905

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