gesso

noun
ges·​so | \ ˈje-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce gesso (audio) \
plural gessoes

Definition of gesso

1 : plaster of paris or gypsum prepared with glue for use in painting or making bas-reliefs
2 : a paste prepared by mixing whiting with size or glue and spread upon a surface to fit it for painting or gilding

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Other Words from gesso

gessoed \ ˈje-​(ˌ)sōd How to pronounce gesso (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gesso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Per ARTnews’ Alex Greenberger, the artist planned to prepare a wall in the government building for the painting by layering gesso and oil on it. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Does Leonardo da Vinci’s Missing Masterpiece Actually Exist?," 14 Oct. 2020 Set to an orchestral background, the video shows master gilder Karen Haslewood peeling off gold leaves and brushing them onto the back cover of the hair dryers, which have been painted with a red gesso. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Dyson out-Dysons itself with $500 gold hair dryer," 29 Aug. 2018 Items from Egypt include an Old Kingdom limestone tomb relief; a Ptolemaic-period stele with the leonine gods Bes and Tutu; a wood, gesso and paint cat coffin; and a 2,000-or-so-year-old bronze cat statuette that has Old Hollywood history too. Anita Gates, New York Times, "From 12th Century B.C. to 2017, Art in Startling Variety," 7 Mar. 2018 Edges where the gesso has accumulated surround the still plane like a rugged shoreline, rimed with color. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Markus Amm's luminous paintings, like portals into liquid worlds of color," 13 Mar. 2018 Although the group uses modern painting materials, the icons are painted on birchwood panel boards which are prepared with cloth and gesso, a paint mixture, similar to how they were painted 500 years ago, Zimmerman said. Cathy Janek, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora church a center for those who love to paint religious icons," 23 Mar. 2018 Amm stretches linen over panels and builds up thick, smooth gesso work surfaces. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Markus Amm's luminous paintings, like portals into liquid worlds of color," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gesso

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gesso

Italian, literally, gypsum, from Latin gypsum

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“Gesso.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gesso. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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