Definition of scenography in English:



mass noun
  • 1The design and painting of theatrical scenery.

    • ‘The exhibition will also showcase the work of other designers highlighting the modern trends in international scenography for the theatre.’
    • ‘As well as offering courses in acting, the academy teaches scenography, stage management, and specialist technical matters.’
    • ‘Every scene in a David Cronenberg film - particularly his set pieces - has a shape, and is meticulously based around a quite theatrical scenography.’
    • ‘This exhibition of some seventy works looks at the full range of artistic Bardolatry, and also examines theatrical production and scenography.’
    • ‘The 43-year-old Ferranti took his architecture degree from Paris in 1985, specialising in theatre and scenography in the Baroque era.’
    1. 1.1 (in painting and drawing) the representation of objects in perspective.
      • ‘Within what is essentially an office building, Schultes has created sculptural scenography out of interstitial space.’
      • ‘Another specialist in ephemera of this kind and scenography was Baccio del Bianco, whose extraordinary caricatures are an early form of the cartoon strip.’


Mid 17th century: from French scénographie, or via Latin from Greek skēnographia ‘scene-painting’, from skēnē (see scene).