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- n. The painting, or literary description, of mean or sordid things; especially still-life or genre painting.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In ancient art, the painting of genre or still-life pictures.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Genre or still-life pictures, including all subjects of a trivial, coarse, or common kind: so called in contempt.
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The artists of this period were under the necessity of attracting attention by novelty and variety; thus rhyparography, and the lower classes of art, attained the ascendency, and became the characteristic styles of the period.