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  1. the art of representing objects in accordance with the rules of perspective.
  2. scene painting (used especially with reference to ancient Greece).
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Origin of scenography

From the Greek word skēnographía, dating back to 1635–45. See scene, -o-, -graphy
Related formssce·nog·raph·er, nounsce·no·graph·ic [see-nuh-graf-ik, sen-uh-] /ˌsi nəˈgræf ɪk, ˌsɛn ə-/, sce·no·graph·i·cal, adjectivesce·no·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  • The important advance indicated by Agatharchos in scenography was made in the painting of figures by Apollodoros of Athens.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

British Dictionary definitions for scenography


  1. the art of portraying objects or scenes in perspective
  2. scene painting, esp in ancient Greece
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Derived Formsscenographer, nounscenographic (ˌsiːnəʊˈɡræfɪk) or scenographical, adjectivescenographically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: via Latin from Greek skēnographia a drawing in perspective, from skēnē scene
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