pastiche (păstēshˈ, pä–), work of art that combines themes and styles from various sources in such a way as to appear obviously derivative. Pastiches are frequently passed off as works by the artists from whom the motifs and figures were taken.
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Inappropriate architectural ornament added after the original work is completed.
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pastiche the mixing of styles and genres which is characteristic of postmodern cultural forms (e.g. in architecture).
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(pasticcio), an opera in which the music (arias, duets, and so forth) is borrowed from various popular operas and provided with a new libretto, or in which the music is created by two or more composers, each of whom, as a rule, writes one act. The pastiche was popular in 18th-century Italy. The term is also applied to other musical works created by two or more composers, especially variations.
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A mixture of materials, forms, motifs, and/or styles; often incongruous.
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1. a work of art that mixes styles, materials, etc.
2. a work of art that imitates the style of another artist or period
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