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alla prima

[ah-luh pree-muh] /ˈɑ lə ˈpri mə/
noun, Fine Arts.
a painting technique in which a canvas is completed in one session, often having a thickly applied impasto.
Origin of alla prima
< Italian: literally, at the first Unabridged
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alla prima

/ˈɑːlɑː ˈpriːmə/
(of a painting) painted with a single layer of paint, in contrast to paintings built up layer by layer
Word Origin
C19: from Italian: at once
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