entasis

[ UK /ɛntˈæsiz/ ]
NOUN
  1. a slight convexity in the shaft of a column; compensates for the illusion of concavity that viewers experience when the sides are perfectly straight
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  • Beard is rather dismissive of their optical sophistication, shown in the curvature of the stylobate and in the entasis of the columns — the slight outward swelling of a column designed to counter the optical illusion of concavity, were the columns 'sides to be perfectly straight. Looking for the Lost Greeks
  • The entasis from the temple of Mars Ultor in Rome compared with The Ten Books on Architecture
  • With regard to the enlargement made at the middle of columns, which among the Greeks is called [Greek: entasis], at the end of the book a figure and calculation will be subjoined, showing how an agreeable and appropriate effect may be produced by it. The Ten Books on Architecture
  • I have to use this entasis, because if you let the edges go straight, the frontal plane of the painting will shoot out at the corners.
  • Not only does this polysemy make it an enigmatic signifier, but the computer-perfected entasis makes it a good example of propositional beauty - the central planned skyscraper with elegant double curves shooting to the sky.
  • And they are an illustration of what was a marked characteristic of all classic architecture, which shows a slight curvature or entasis in its long lines. Roman Mosaics Or, Studies in Rome and Its Neighbourhood
  • The entasis as given by Fra Giocondo in the edition of 1511. 2. The Ten Books on Architecture
  • The ancient Greeks used a technique known as entasis which incorporates a slight convexity in the columns of the Parthenon to compensate for the illusion of concavity created by parallel lines. EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Really cool collection of Illusions and Paradoxes
  • This peculiarity is a convexity, or _entasis_, as it is called, on the inner faces. Roman Mosaics Or, Studies in Rome and Its Neighbourhood
  • The entasis of this skyscraper, like that of a Doric column, leads to a new kind of propositional beauty, one worked out digitally.
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