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The sketch (Italian schizzo, “draft”) is an artistic form of draft for rapidly recording an idea or an impression from nature. It establishes the placement of figures and composition. The sketch is a technique of both painting and drawing (Italian disegno), in each case as part of the work process. It is fluid in character and its hallmark is non finito, “the unfinished.” A sketch is made using rapid brush or pencil strokes. In drawing, it makes use of charcoal, chalk, graphit…

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Günther, Antje, “Sketch”, 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 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027576>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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