grisaille

[gri-zahy, -zeyl; French gree-zah-yuh]
noun, plural grisailles [gri-zahyz, -zeylz; French gree-zah-yuh] , for 2.
1.
monochromatic painting in shades of gray.
2.
a work of art, as a painting or stained-glass window, executed in grisaille.

Origin:
1840–50; < French: painted in gray monotone, equivalent to gris gray + -aille noun suffix

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grisaille (ɡrɪˈzeɪl, French ɡrizɑj)
 
n
1.  a technique of monochrome painting in shades of grey, as in an oil painting or a wall decoration, imitating the effect of relief
2.  a painting, stained glass window, etc, in this manner
 
[C19: from French, from gris grey]

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Eight smaller panels, depicting figures of famous explorers, are painted in grisaille to simulate statuary.
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