The use of detailed description of a work of visual art as a literary device.‘it's not surprising that Hecht, a master of ekphrasis, would include descriptions of visual art’
- ‘Virgil's ekphrases tend to highlight suffering or mourning figures’
Mid 17th century via Latin from Greek ekphrasis ‘description’, from ekphrazein ‘recount’, from ek- ‘out’ + phrazein ‘tell’.
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