sce·​nog·​ra·​phy | \ sē-ˈnä-grə-fē How to pronounce scenography (audio) \

Definition of scenography

: the art of perspective representation especially as applied to the design and painting of stage scenery

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Other Words from scenography

scenographer \ sē-​ˈnä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce scenographer (audio) \ noun
scenographic \ ˌsē-​nə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce scenographic (audio) \ adjective

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The lengthy scenography is drawn on scrolls of paper complete with detailed directions and notes. Alice Cavanagh, WSJ, "Explore the Genius of Italian Architect Gio Ponti," 18 Aug. 2018 Until that point, Gianfelici had been studying photography, scenography, and art history with the thought of becoming a graphic designer or an architect. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Simonetta Gianfelici, Model Turned Talent Scout, On What It Was Like Working With Helmut Newton, Thierry Mugler, and Vivienne Westwood," 12 July 2018 Clement Blanchet Architecture, Paris, France, and City Architecture, Cleveland, with: WSP Cleveland, engineering; Boulevard Studios, landscape architecture; Ducks Sceno, scenography and multimedia. Steven Litt,, "Cleveland Public Library names nine semifinalists in MLK Branch design competition," 30 Jan. 2018 Her closest contemporary may be Vija Celmins, another meticulous observer, though Ms. Murphy differs in her use of extreme perspectives and her prepainting scenography. Martha Schwendener, Jason Farago And Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 24 Jan. 2018 Wilson, acclaimed for his understated yet deeply meaningful and experimental approach, developed the scenography to present the collection – 40 animal-pair clips will be on display at Chelsea’s Cedar Lake space. Daily Intelligencer, "Set Sail Aboard Noah’s Ark at This Stunning Van Cleef & Arpels Installation," 30 Oct. 2017 Macron imposes a grandiose scenography of his access to power, marching towards the Arch of Triumph through the Louvre’s courtyard on election night, then parading on a military tank on the Champs-Élysées upon his inauguration. Isaac Chotiner, Slate Magazine, "Macron’s Coup," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of scenography

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scenography

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

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