Saturday, March 6, 2010
TODAY'S WORD-A-DAY ... GRISAILLE
GRISAILLE (French for "grey" and pronounced gri-zai') is a painting in monochrome or near-monochrome, usually in shades of grey, brown, or purple, on a white ground. Although mainly used in large decorative paintings and plaques, Grisaille was also used in enameling for jewelry and other small objects, and particularly popular with 16th century Limoges enamelists, such as Penicaud and Limousin. Pictured here are 2 Grisaille miniature paintings from my private collection.