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Ornament
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1. Concept and definition

The range of meaning of the term “ornament” (from Latin ornamentum, “apparatus,” “distinction,” “decoration,” “embellishment”) was broader in early modern art and architecture than it is today. It also included avant-corps (risalto), pediments, stairs, plasterwork, wall decoration including ceiling paintings, and the entire interior, even including furniture [10]; [6]; [7].

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Irmscher, Günter, “Ornament”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025085>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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