Lacuna

DEFINITION

A Latin term with an English meaning of "gap" or void, it is used by art historians to refer to a missing part of a painting, manuscript or other artwork that resulted from damage. Source: Ralph Mayer, "A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques" <br><br>Missing paint in a small area. Lacuna Examples <br><br>An empty space or a missing part; a gap, a void. A term used most by art historians and art conservators. The plural form is lacunae or lacunas; adjectival form lacunal.(pr. l&#601;-KYOO-n&#601;)Example:Roman, Alexander the Great and Darius III in Battle, mosaic mural. Over its long history this important work has endured tremendous damage. Although art conservators have been able to stabilize it, and even repair some of its damaged areas, some lacunae have proven too difficult to refill. The result is that many must remain. Intentionally some restored areas were made in a way that reveals them as repairs. Also see art history, ellipsis, inpaint, letter spacing, kerning, placeholder, and shard.

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