Definition of terribilità in English:


Line breaks: terri|bil¦ità
Pronunciation: /ˌtɛrɪbɪlɪˈtɑː


[mass noun]
  • Awesomeness or emotional intensity of conception and execution in an artist or work of art, originally as a quality attributed to Michelangelo by his contemporaries: Brown has come up with a new brand of terribilità that may be extrapolated into a sense of the sublime
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    • What the Renaissance called terribilità is not so different from what Burke meant by ‘the sublime.’
    • The fierce look on David's face was called terribilità, or ‘awesome power,’ and would forever be associated with Michelangelo and his work.
    • The fiery intensity of David's facial expression is termed terribilità, a feature characteristic of many of Michelangelo's figures and of his own personality.



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