Noun Gesso Definition and Examples







A hard compound of plaster of Paris or whiting in glue, used in sculpture or as a base for gilding or painting on wood.
  1. as modifier 'gesso panels'
  2. 'Emulating the old masters, he used tempera and oil over gesso on wood, then covered the surface with transparent glaze.'
  3. 'By the fifteenth century, many Western artists were using it in frescoes or in gesso on wood panel paintings.'

noun, plural gessoes.

1. gypsum or plaster of Paris prepared with glue for use as a surface for painting.

2. any plasterlike preparation to prepare a surface for painting, gilding, etc.

3. a prepared surface of plaster or plasterlike material for painting, gilding, etc.


"There can be gesso grounds."
"There can be gesso primers."
"gessos can weave in reverses."
"gessos can ooze through canvases."

Late 16th century: Italian, from Latin gypsum (see gypsum).

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