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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Inside, the Louis Vuitton team constructed sprawling wall-to-wall scenography that pays homage to Vuitton’s signature patterning and early trunk motif. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 3 Aug. 2022 And then using almost randomly the color spots to find each scene’ scenography. Emilio Mayorga, Variety, 16 June 2022 In what has become the duo’s signature visual style, all props, scenography, and costumes are intricately designed, thickly painted, and ornately decorated: no surface is left untouched. Elvia Wilk, The New York Review of Books, 23 Mar. 2022 The stage scenography is great fun, with colorful lighting, lasers, risers for each band member and a multitude of screens showing old footage of the band and video animations. Nikki O'neill,, 17 Oct. 2021 Dior chose to collaborate with Paparatti to create the show’s scenography in an absurdist technique that mirrors her art philosophy. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Since 1970, The Queen has been actively engaged in painting, church textiles, watercolours, prints, book illustrations, scenography, decoupage and embroidery. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 31 Aug. 2021 Devoted to the history of Paris, the museum closed in October 2016 for a top-to-bottom overhaul that updated the scenography, opened up rooms with natural light and adapted the exhibits to be more child-friendly. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 Directors are adapting plots and scenography to social distancing rules. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 2 June 2021 See More

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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 7 Dec. 2022.

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