Staffage

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Staffage

 

human or animal figures added as subordinate elements to a landscape painting to give the painting a livelier appearance. Staffage was commonly used by 16th- and 17th-century landscape painters, who often included religious and mythological scenes in their works. Staffage was frequently painted into a picture not by the landscapist but by another artist.

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