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1. A painter; an artist
2. One who paints portraits.
3. One who illuminates books.

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See also: Originality; Imagination.

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Old name for an artist, used in 15th- and 16th-c.

The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms


A word for a painter that has been used in different ways according to time and place. In the Middle Ages it was applied to manuscript illuminators, and from the 16th cent. it was used of painters of miniature portraits (Nicholas Hilliard's treatise is called The Arte of Limning). In American usage it denotes the anonymous and often itinerant painters, particularly portraitists, of the 17th and 18th cents. Limners in this last sense are sometimes given invented names in the same manner in which the term 'Master of' is used in European painting--the Schuyler Limner, named after one of the families he portrayed, is an example.

Oxford Dictionary of Art, © Oxford University Press 1997


tr.v. limned, limn·ing, (lmnng) limns
To describe.
To depict by painting or drawing.

[Middle English limnen, to illuminate (a manuscript), probably alteration (influenced by limnour, illustrator), of luminen from Old French luminer, from Latin lminre, to illuminate, adorn, from lmen, lmin-, light. See leuk- in Indo-European Roots.]

limner (lmnr) n.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition


Pronunciation: 'lim
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): limned; limn·ing /'li-mi[ng], 'lim-ni[ng]/
Etymology: Middle English luminen, limnen to illuminate (a manuscript), from Middle French enluminer, from Latin illuminare to illuminate
Date: 1592
1 : to draw or paint on a surface
2 : to outline in clear sharp detail : DELINEATE
- limn·er /'li-m&r, 'lim-n&r/ noun

Merriam-Webster Online


N. artist; painter, limner, drawer, sketcher, designer, engraver; master, old master; draftsman, draughtsman; copyist, dauber, hack; enamel, enameler, enamelist; caricaturist. historical painter, landscape painter, marine painter, flower painter, portrait painter, miniature painter, miniaturist, scene painter, sign painter, coach painter; engraver; Apelles[obs]; sculptor, carver, chaser, modeler, figuriste[obs], statuary; Phidias, Praxiteles; Royal Academician.
photographer, cinematographer, lensman, cameraman, camera technician, camera buff; wildlife photographer.

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