breadth of effect
Breadth Breadth (br[e^]dth), n. [OE. brede, breede, whence later bredette, AS. br[=ae]du, fr. br[=a]d broad. See {Broad}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. Distance from side to side of any surface or thing; measure across, or at right angles to the length; width. [1913 Webster]

2. (Fine Arts) The quality of having the colors and shadows broad and massive, and the arrangement of objects such as to avoid to great multiplicity of details, producing an impression of largeness and simple grandeur; -- called also {breadth of effect}.

Breadth of coloring is a prominent character in the painting of all great masters. --Weale. [1913 Webster]


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