sce·​nog·​ra·​phy sē-ˈnä-grə-fē How to pronounce scenography (audio)
: the art of perspective representation especially as applied to the design and painting of stage scenery
scenographer noun
scenographic adjective

Examples of scenography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Echoing Roversi’s studio, the scenography moves from shadow to light in a non-linear staging with notable cameos by now-fashion royalty like Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, and Rihanna. Tina Isaac-Goizé, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2024 Interior design is a form of scenography; it is made to set up a mood. Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 In 2002, Krymov, almost fifty, joined the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts as a professor of scenography, and directed his first play. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 29 Sep. 2023 Krymov did not immediately follow his father into directing, choosing instead to become a set designer; Krymov got a degree in scenography from the Moscow Art Theatre School in 1976, and designed more than a hundred productions—including many for his father—in his first career. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 29 Sep. 2023 On Friday, guests ascended the grand marble staircase, a piece of theater in itself, which along with its 30 meter-high vault, was dressed in a cascade of satin ribbons identical to the ones used to tie ballet shoes—scenography designed by the Opera Ballet’s patron Chanel. Liam Freeman, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2021 Stivo Arnoczy is responsible for the wizardly video design, which uses a series of loops and alternating simultaneous streams to multiply Gelb like the loaves and fishes, while Kristen Robinson’s dazzling scenography serves as a reminder of the trippy strain that runs through Catholic aesthetics. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2020 An array of diverse classes range from costume design for dance and millinery to scenography and designing for the camera. Cathy Whitlock, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Feb. 2023 Furthermore, combining elaborate sets, crafted scenography and frequently impressive dimensions of prints, artists’ projects benefit from new interpretations and unusual enjoyment. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 9 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Greek skēnographia painting of scenery, from skēnē + -graphia -graphy

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scenography was in 1611

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“Scenography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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