noun (plural intaglios)
- 1A design incised or engraved into a material: the dies bore a design in intaglio [as modifier]: an intaglio designMore example sentences
- The term intaglio is used when the design is incised and sunk beneath the surface of the block and is moulded in reverse, which strictly speaking is not really a relief but the reverse of relief, and is often used for gemstone carvings.
- The majority of the Roman finds were of finger-rings, many with carved intaglios or other engravings, used for stamping seals.
- Engraving, or incising, to use Wood's term, refers to cutting into the plaque to form the design so that the face of the plaque is flat, the design inset as an intaglio.
- 1.1A gem with an incised design: a carnelian intaglio showing a fishMore example sentences
- Perhaps the most interesting piece illustrated is a brooch with a moonstone intaglio of Aurora within a diamond morning glory.
- There is also always the challenge before a man of sensibility as to how many rings set with antique intaglios he can get onto his hands and still be able to move his fingers.
- Several categories of artwork are featured, including cameos and intaglios, carvings of natural-history subjects, boxes and bottles, and jewelry (wearable art).
- 1.2 [mass noun] A printing process in which the type or design is etched or engraved, such as photogravure: [as modifier]: the craft of intaglio printmakingMore example sentences
- The currency was printed in North Korea, which had acquired a sophisticated intaglio printing press similar to that used by the US Treasury.
- The exhibition is organized by medium, beginning with the artist's exploration of various forms of intaglio printing.
- After experimenting with different printmaking techniques like etching and aquatint she finally discovered drypoint combined with aquatint as her favorite intaglio process.
verb (intaglioes, intaglioing, intaglioed)[with object] (usually as adjective intaglioed) Back to top
- Engrave or represent by an engraving: a carved box with little intaglioed pineapples on itMore example sentences
- The rock appeared very old and worn, especially the cliff face, which looked as though it had been eroded by water over many millennia, leaving its scrub-grown surface scored and intaglioed with rounded vertical gullies.
mid 17th century: Italian, from intagliare 'engrave'.
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- The US English dictionary