Definition of intaglio in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtalɪəʊ
, -ˈtɑːl-/

noun (plural intaglios)

  • 1A design incised or engraved into a material: the dies bore a design in intaglio [as modifier]: an intaglio design
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    • 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 fish
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    • 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 printmaking
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    • 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 it
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    • 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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