Mar 30, 2007

Rapid Rhetoric: VERNISSAGE

Raphael's depiction of Plato defining the difference between true and false rhetoric This is an irregular feature - both in frequency and oddness - dedicated to a word I came across that I have never previously used.

vernissage (vehr-nih-SAHJ) n. Private preview of an art exhibition; the opening of an art exhibition.

Vernisage is derived from the French verb vernir ("to varnish"). One of the last tasks an artist might perform before the opening would be to varnish the finished work. The ceremonial ending of art exhibitions, for those who need to know, is called "finissage."

1 comment:

microdot said...

Je voudrai vous inviter a mon vernissage a Dimanche 22 Avril a Fleurac!
Huit artisans d'art vous accuiellent suur les terrasses dans le ou le soleil le permettra.
Vebez passer un moment agreable avec nous et decouuvir ou redecouvir, leur travail.

Je toujours utilise le mot, vernissage!
(I'm going to be in an little art exhibition in Fleurac, the vernissage is April 22)