conversation piece


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conversation piece:

see portraitureportraiture,
the art of representing the physical or psychological likeness of a real or imaginary individual. The principal portrait media are painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. From earliest times the portrait has been considered a means to immortality.
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conversation piece

1. (esp in 18th-century Britain) a group portrait in a landscape or domestic setting
2. a play emphasizing dialogue
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An autumnal Burt Lancaster plays the character modeled on Praz and a Lamborghini-sleek Silvana Mangano embodies everything that threatens his "mould of the spirit." The film's title (whether in English or Italian) pays homage to Praz's 1971 book, Conversation Pieces: A Survey of the Informal Group Portrait in Europe and America.
The sinewy trunk creates a conversation piece and eventually a playground for children or grandchildren.
Is it simply a conversation piece or does the garment of beauty deserve to be admired for its intricacies, impact, or just the fact that it's beautiful, if not breathtaking?
Public art thrives in the region ( notably the Angel of the North, but also Conversation Piece at South Shields, Tyne Anew at Royal Quays, Edward Paolozzi at Central Square and the sprinkling of large and small sculptures along the Quayside.
Youngsters worked on individual clay tiles showing local sites like the swans in South Marine Park, the Groyne and the Conversation Piece statues.
Whatever your motif is, you can keep changing the fabric, even add extra trimming, and you'll have a sure-fire conversation piece.
Yeats and the late Juan Munoz whose Conversation Piece can be seen in South Shields.
At Colonial Grill, which also has a branch at the mall, the chili ice cream becomes a conversation piece as you can choose the spice level.
The recipe makes a great conversation piece and is easy to make.
Now you've got a conversation piece your friends are bound to notice.
Truly a conversation piece to delight your guests would be miniature hand-twirled chairs fashioned out of champagne bottle crowns using their wire attachment.
- - HeartSpace Cards, creators of innovative, "conversation piece" greeting cards, announced today that it is participating in a national distribution agreement with Mr.