Polychromy


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Polychromy

The practice of decorating architectural elements or sculpture in a variety of colors.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Polychromy

 

the production of works of applied art, sculpture, and architecture in no fewer than two colors. Polychromy is achieved by using variously colored materials or different pigments.

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polychromy

The practice of decorating architectural elements, sculpture, etc., in a variety of colors.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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In 2008 is beide in die J Paul Getty Museum se uitstalling 'The color of life: Polychromy in sculpture from antiquity to present' opgeneem.
Almost every aspect of his endlessly inventive conception of what sculpture could be can be traced, including his life-long fascination with polychromy. The only lacuna is Smith's exploration of planar construction in stainless steel in the mid-1960s, but since the collection continues to grow, that lack may be temporary.
The exhibition exposed the possibilities of terracotta by bringing together competition submissions, models for patrons, preliminary sketches, models to aid in workshop production, and finished works, some of which preserve their original polychromy, as well as study copies after well-known works, such as the Times of Day by Michelangelo.
In Japan he studied woodcarving and polychromy (coloring the surfaces--literally, "many colors"), a technique he used on The King's Temptress.
Indeed, as Papet explains, Daumier's work in the medium is so revolutionary (in its use of polychromy, modern dress, caricature, and lack of finish) that he offers himself as a precursor of Degas and Rodin.
Such was the importance of polychromy that many of the leading pavilions were repainted in strikingly different colours for the second opening of the fair in 1934.
The bright surge rolled through the nave full of the odor of decay, hurriedly swept past the walls covered with peeling polychromy, and broke right on the iconostasis.
[1985]: 'Color Terminology and Color Classification: Ancient Egyptian Color Terminology and Polychromy', American Anthropologist, 87, pp.
The Spanish, on the other hand, preferred the more flamboyant, baroque style, with ornate carving, polychromy, gold leaf and lacquer work.
I do not suppose they were made specifically to breach a commandment, as demonstrations that one can--imagine!--indulge in polychromy without the heavens opening.