Ornate

DEFINITION

Elaborately, even excessively ornamental; showy. In typography, highly ornamental characters, usually letters. In the Middle Ages, such letters were used as decorative initial letters on pages of manuscripts and books. Today ornate letters are used as novel, decorrative elements employed very selectively in graphic design. Ornate is sometimes used to mean baroque or complex."Ornate" and "ornamental" are used in referring to the third style of classical Roman fresco painting. This style followed those called "incrustation" and "architectonic" styles, and preceded the composite style.Related link: Art-and-Archaeology.com has a set of pages about Roman frescoes, including examples of the ornate style. Also see Baroque and Rococo.<br><br>Elaborately, even excessively ornamental; showy. In typography, highly ornamental characters, usually letters. In the Middle Ages, such letters were used as decorative initial letters on pages of manuscripts and books. Today ornate letters are used as novel, decorrative elements employed very selectively in graphic design. Ornate is sometimes used to mean baroque or complex."Ornate" and "ornamental" are used in referring to the third style of classical Roman fresco painting. This style followed those called "incrustation" and "architectonic" styles, and preceded the composite style.Related link: Art-and-Archaeology.com has a set of pages about Roman frescoes, including examples of the ornate style. Also see Baroque and Rococo.

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