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Stones carved and collected by Neanderthals 150,000 years ago appear in vitrines.
The glass vitrines were replaced with flat shop windows.
Sperandio's curatorial students collaborated to mount every aspect of the show, down to designing the vitrines, reproducing several images as murals on Lawndale's big walls, translating the title book and writing the exhibition text.
The boxes are displayed toward the center of the room, in four glass vitrines.
The Magritte in the seventh vitrine to my left served only to remind me how surreal the art world itself seems these days.
Now seen in elegant, unobtrusive vitrines, the museum’s treasures are beautifully illuminated by natural and artificial light.
Nearby vitrines hold several editions of the Harper’s books.
Exhibits lay in half shadow beneath cracked glass vitrines, their labels yellowed and peeling; when the custodian used his sleeve to wipe away years of dust, the glass rattled and groaned like a sick old woman roused from sleep.
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Did You Know?
The history of "vitrine" is clear as glass. It comes to English by way of the Old French word vitre, meaning "pane of glass," from Latin vitrum, meaning "glass." "Vitrum" has contributed a number of words to the English language besides "vitrine." "Vitreous" ("resembling glass" or "relating to, derived from, or consisting of glass") is the most common of these. "Vitrify" ("to convert or become converted into glass or into a glassy substance by heat and fusion") is another. A much rarer "vitrum" word - and one that also entered English by way of "vitre" - is vitrailed, meaning "fitted with stained glass."
Origin and Etymology of vitrine
First Known Use: 1880See Words from the same year
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