alla prima

[ ah-luh -pree-muh ]
/ ˈɑ lə ˈpri mə /
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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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British Dictionary definitions for alla prima

alla prima
/ (ˈɑːlɑː ˈpriːmə) /


(of a painting) painted with a single layer of paint, in contrast to paintings built up layer by layer
C19: from Italian: at once
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