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The inner structural material on which an exterior finish (i.e., Paint, Veneer, etc.) is applied. Support materials for paintings include wooden panels, stretched Linen, Parchment, Metal, Paper, and Plaster. For furniture, the support is more generally called the carcass or frame. Photographs usually have paper or Glass suppports. In architecture, supports maintain the primary weight-bearing load and are usually constructed from Wood or Steel.

Synonyms and Related Terms

carcass; frame

Resources and Citations

  • J.Stephenson, "Support" The Dictionary of Art Grove's Dictionaries, Inc., New York, 1996.
  • R. J. Gettens, G.L. Stout, Painting Materials, A Short Encyclopaedia, Dover Publications, New York, 1966
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997