Art Terms and Definitions — X

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An art wordfinder list and their definitions that begin with the letter “X”. The list below begins with X-RADIOGRAPHY and ends with XYLOGRAPHY.

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Art Wordfinder: “X” Words

X-Radiography

A medical diagnostic tool used extensively by conservators to determine how artists applied different layers of paint to create an image. The X-rays penetrate through multiple layers of paint to image the atomic weight or density of the various present materials. It can easily detect if repairs have been made to tears in the canvas, if there are holes in the panel support, and other such occurrences. This information is extremely valuable to conservators, as it helps determine the best procedures to use in preserving the image. It can also assist art historians in the interpretation of the artwork and more specific dating.

Xerography

Photographic process that uses an electrically charged metal plate. The electrical charge is destroyed on exposure to light, leaving a latent image in which shadows represent charged areas. A powdered pigment dusted over the plate is attracted to the charged areas, producing a visible image. Also called photocopying or xerocopy, a lesser-used term.

Xylography

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An ancient wood engraving technique that began in China in the 1st century and is the oldest known engraving method. It includes woodblock printing and wood grain reproductions, which are used in interior decorating.

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