[ ah-luh pree-muh ]
/ ˈɑ lə ˈpri mə /
noun Fine Arts.
a painting technique in which a canvas is completed in one session, often having a thickly applied impasto.
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Origin of alla prima
< Italian: literally, at the first
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/ (ˈɑːlɑː ˈpriːmə) /
(of a painting) painted with a single layer of paint, in contrast to paintings built up layer by layer
Word Origin for alla prima
C19: from Italian: at once
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