Art Terms — Z

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A glossary of art vocabulary and definitions beginning with Z.

Zackenstil
A 13th-century German word meaning “jagged style.” Zackenstil is used to describe a zig-zag style used in sculpture, painting, stained glass and manuscript illumination.
Zenga
A style of Japanese calligraphy and painting, done in ink. Often both calligraphy and image will be in the same piece of art.
Zinc White
A common white pigment, zinc white is a brilliant white synthetically derived from the metal zinc.
Zincography
A printing process that uses zinc plates instead of stones plates made from fine lithographic limestone.
Zinnober Green
Another name for chrome green.
Zoomorphic
Describes forms of art and ornaments based on the shape, form or likeness of an animal.

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UPDATED: 22 March 2021


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