Definition of silverpoint in English:



mass noun
  • The art of drawing with a silver-pointed instrument on paper prepared with a coating of powdered bone or zinc white, creating a fine indelible line composed of metal fragments.

    • ‘Until this year the drawings were all in black pencil, varying from soft, deep-black graphite to feathery silverpoint, and sometimes ranging widely in a single image.’
    • ‘In the past, she has hung whole rooms with her own silkscreened wallpaper, the paper covered with intricate and precise silverpoint spirals.’
    • ‘One of the Ashmolean's pictures, a study in silverpoint for The Golden stairs, is displayed beside a letter revealing that it was drawn not with an elegant little pencil, but with a sixpence the artist cut up for the purpose.’
    • ‘I've experimented with a broad range of media, including watercolor, silverpoint, etching, silkscreen and others, but oils have a richness and tactile feel I really love.’
    • ‘Untitled #13 is a wonderfully complex arrangement of delicate silverpoint marks that evoke the movement of butterfly wings or a cascade of tangled hair.’