THE FIVE SPANISH WORDS OF THE WEEK  FOR ARTISTS I

THE FIVE SPANISH WORDS OF THE WEEK FOR ARTISTS I

If you are an artist and you are interested in the Spanish language, maybe you would love the next five words.


Mármol. (Mahr-mohl): it’s a hard metamorphic form of limestone, normally white with colored mottlings or streaks, which may be polished and is used in sculpture and architecture.

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Etymology: Middle English (the English language from c. 1150 to c. 1470): via Old French (a variant of marbre). Its origins are from the Latin marmor. According to other sources, the word came from Greek marmaros ‘shining stone’, associated with marmairein ‘to shine’.


Musa. (moo-sah): It refers to the purest source of inspiration of the artist. Its origin is imprecise. We could say that it comes from the Greek, «moŷsa». The Mythology tells us that the muses were the nine daughters of Zeus, who protected the arts. In Latin, it was widely used as musae.

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Óleo. (oh-leh-oh): The word «óleo» refers both to the paint that is made by dissolving dyes in oil and to the technique that makes use of this type of paints. The word comes from the Latin «oleum» which means olive oil.

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Pincel. (peen-sehl): The word “pincel” refers to the instrument used by the painters to apply the paint evenly on a canvas, or any surface. This word was introduced to Spanish from the Catalan Pinzell. Its origin dates back to Latin penicillus, which in turn comes from “penis” (animal’s tail).

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Retrato: (rreh-trah-toh): It is the visual representation of a person, animal or thing, commonly through drawing, sculpture, and photography. The word portrait comes from the Latin retractus, participle of the verb retrahere. This verb properly means «to go back», but also acquires the meaning of reducing and abbreviating, of converting something into something else and of bringing it back to light and reviving anything.

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Five spanish words of the week for artists. I.

Carlos Zarzalejo

Escritor. Docente. Doctor en Educación (UPEL, 2013); Msc en Gerencia (UCV, 2004); Licenciado en Educación (UCAB, 1997). Premio Nacional de Literatura Bienal Ramón Palomares, 2015; Premio Nacional de Poesía de la Casa de las Letras Andrés Bello, 2015. Premio Autores Inéditos de Monte Ávila Editores, 2014. Es además Profesor de Español como Lengua Extranjera. Creador del blog La Era Digital, donde se reflexiona sobre cómo se define La Era Digital, cómo educar en La Era Digital y cómo evoluciona el lenguaje en La Era Digital.

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