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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.
The facade will include large vitrines to hold key objects from the NHM collection, suggesting an oversized, transparent wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities.
The artifacts were not yet in place, and many of the glass vitrines were encased in foam and tape.
One vitrine with three past creations is now in the lobby.
Guests sipped Champagne and zigzagged across the room, weaving through jewelry vitrines and admiring the glittering Repossi wares on display.
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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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