Part of speech: noun
Origin: Italian, early 15th century
Studied carelessness, especially as a characteristic quality or style of art or literature.
Examples of Sprezzatura in a sentence
"Leo's artwork demonstrates enviable sprezzatura."
"At first glance the mural seems unfinished, but it's actually a lovely example of sprezzatura."
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Nonchalance describes being (or feigning being) in a calm or relaxed state. Similarly, sprezzatura is studied carelessness — which often describes attempting to seem calm or relaxed when undertaking a particular action.
Did you Know?
While many people claim to work in a careless sprezzatura style, not everyone can be the next Picasso or Jackson Pollack. It takes hard work to imbue a childlike doodle with intention.