silverpoint

noun
sil·​ver·​point | \ ˈsil-vər-ˌpȯint How to pronounce silverpoint (audio) \

Definition of silverpoint

: a drawing technique utilizing a pencil of silver usually on specially prepared paper or parchment

Examples of silverpoint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lines, made with graphite or silverpoint, waver slightly; the surfaces are often smudgy or blotchy. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 The drawing is one of four similarly sized studies of animals that Leonardo made in silverpoint at around the same time, according to the auction house. NBC News, 8 July 2021 The silverpoint will constantly tarnish, erase, erode, destabilize and transform the painting itself, while the Toranj pattern acts as a source of stability and vibrancy in Bangash’s architecture. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, 30 Jan. 2020 The Dutch artist sets up a table for kids and adults to try the silverpoint, an Old World drawing technique that Horjus is using in his next children's book about Leonardo da Vinci. Andrea Guthmann, chicagotribune.com, 4 Aug. 2017 Prusa is celebrated for intricate images derived from astrophysics and mathematics, painstakingly drawn in silverpoint onto large acrylic spheres. George Fishman, miamiherald, 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of silverpoint

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Silverpoint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silverpoint. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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