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For plafonds in joints, see synovial joint.
Plafond Allegory of Summer by Jerzy Siemiginowski-Eleuter, 1684–86, oil on canvas and panel, Wilanów Palace, Warsaw.[1]

Plafond (French for "ceiling"), in a broad sense, is any (flat, vaulted or dome) ceiling of any premise.

Plafond can be a product of monumental painting or sculpture – also designated by the term "Plafond". Picturesque plafonds can be painted directly on plaster (in technique of fresco, oil, glutinous, synthetic paints, etc.), on a canvas attached to a ceiling (panel), a mosaic, and other methods.

As a part of decorative features of churches and staterooms, plafonds were popular from the 17th century until the beginning of the 19th century. Designs of this period typically used the illusion of a break in the ceiling showing the architectural structure behind, strongly foreshortened figures, architectural details, and/or the open sky.


  1. ^ (English) "The King’s Bedroom". Retrieved 21 February 2008.