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cameo
gem or medallion cut in relief, the carved figure porojecting from its background; brief role played by a prominent actor; brief piece of brilliant film or writing
campanile
bell tower
canto
one of the chief divisions of a long poem
chiaroscuro
distribution and treatment of light and shade in painting or sketching; painting or drawing that uses only light and shade
cupola
rounded roof; dome; small dome or tower on a roof
fresco
art of painting with watercolors on damp fresh plaster; picture or design so painted
intaglio
design engraved by making cuts in a surface, into which the incised figure is sunk
majolica
enameled Italian pottery richly decorated in colors
mezzanine
intermediate story in a theater between the main floor and the first balcony
mezzotint
picture engraved on copper or steel by polishing or scraping away parts of a roughened surface
patina
film or incrustation, usually green, on th e surface of old bronze or copper; any such coating on something old
portico
roof supported by columns, forming a porch or a covered walk
rialto
marketplace; theater district
rotunda
round building, especially one with a dome or cupola; large round room
stucco
plaster made of cement, sand and lime for covering exterior walls of buildings
tempera
method of painting in which the colors are mixed with egg yolk or other substances, instead of oil
terra-cotta
hard clay used for vases, roofing, statuettes, etc. reddish-brown or brownish-orange color
torso
trunk or body of a statue without head, arms or legs; human trunk
buffo
male singer who plays a comic role in an opera; buffoon; clown
cognoscente
person having a surperior knowledge of a field; expert connoisseur
dilettante
dabbler in an art or field; art lover
diva
principal female singer in an opera; prima donna
impresario
organizer or director of an opera or ballet company or a concert series; manager; promoter
inamorata
woman that one loves
inamorato
man that one loves
maestro
eminent conductor, composer or teacher of music; master in an art
mountebank
boastful pretneder; charlatan; quack
politico
politician
prima donna
principal female singer in an opera; extremely high-strung, vain or sensitive person
simpatico
possessing attractive qualities; appealing; likable; congenial
virtuoso
one who exhibits great technical skill in an art
dolce far niente
delightful idleness
fiasco
crash; complete or ridiculous failure
imbroglio
difficult situation; complicated disagreement
incognito
with one's identity concealed; disguised state
vendetta
feud for blood revenge
antipasto
appetizer consisting of fish, meats, hors d'oeuvres
Chianti
dry, red Italian wine
gusto
liking or taste; hearty enjoyment
pasta
paste or dough; dish of cooked pasta
pizza
pi of flattened dough topped then baked
alfresco
in the open air; outdoor
bravo
shout applauding an excellent performance
gondola
boat used in the canals of Venice
grotto
cave
piazza
town square or open market; veranda; porch
portfolio
briefcase; position or duties of a cabinet member or minister of state; collection