Do you remember that we have started a new practice of learning new art definitions here, on Bestarts? So here you’re another Art Word we have chosen for today – STAFFAGE.
In painting, the term staffage, is used to refer to the animal and human figures depicted within the composition. Staffage figures can be usually be found within a landscape scene where their role within the painting is not the main subject of the work. Therefore the term is can be applied to small animals and figures that are not essential to the subject matter, but rather are used to animate the composition.
To understand better, what staffage is – here’s a selection of Francesco Guardi‘s cityscapes with usage of staffage.
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