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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.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life


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  • painting or description of mean or sordid things; still-life or genre painting.

    November 28, 2007