permanence, permanent

   Permanence is the quality of lasting into the far distant future. Something is permanent when it is fully expected to last many generations. There is a certain hubris in claiming anything about the future. Things can last as briefly as a moment before they are gone. Others last a few days, weeks, months or years — to varying degrees, these are all temporary, fragile in some way or other. Music, dance, and theater were once considered utterly transitory. With recording equipment, we have ever more commonly excellent documentation of such performance works. Many things that might have been permanent have been damaged, destroyed, or otherwise lost due to either natural or human causes. The natural category includes fires, floods, earthquakes, and other storms, insects, light, mold, and other problematic substances. Manmade disasters include wars, vandalism, accidents, pollution, neglect, and even the daily gentle touches of too numerous admirers. Permanence is an important issue to many in the art world. We are concerned that art media be permanent so that works can last if taken care of reasonably well; so we seek out permanent pigments, acid-free papers, and other sturdy materials, some that contain or seal surfaces from atmospheric and other forces. Museums speak of works in their collections being in their "permanent collections." Buyers of very expensive works think at least partly of their collections as investments or as gifts to posterity.

Glossary of Art Terms. 2014.

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  • permanent — permanent, ente [ pɛrmanɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. et n. • 1370; permegnant « stable » 1120; lat. permanens, p. prés. de permanere « demeurer jusqu au bout » 1 ♦ Qui dure, demeure sans discontinuer ni changer. ⇒ constant, stable. L essence permanente des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • permanent — per|ma|nent1 W2S2 [ˈpə:mənənt US ˈpə:r ] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of permanere to stay till the end ] continuing to exist for a long time or for all the time in the future ≠ ↑temporary ▪ He gave up a permanent… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • permanence — [ pɛrmanɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1370; lat. médiév. permanentia 1 ♦ Caractère de ce qui est durable; longue durée de qqch. ⇒ continuité, stabilité. « le sentiment écrasant de la permanence de la nature » (Balzac). ⇒ constance, identité. 2 ♦ (1875) Service… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • PERMANENCE DE L’OBJET — PERMANENCE DE L’OBJET, psychologie L’expression «permanence de l’objet» est due à Jean Piaget. Il l’a proposée dans les années 1940 pour rendre compte de tout un ensemble d’observations que ses travaux relatifs à la psychogenèse de l’enfant lui… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • permanence — permanence, permanency The more usual choice in current use for the meaning ‘a state of being permanent’ is permanence, but permanency is also occasionally used in this meaning and more especially in the meaning ‘something that is permanent’: • A …   Modern English usage

  • Permanence — is the state of being permanent: *Digital permanence *Object permanence *Print permanence *Permanence and foster care …   Wikipedia

  • Permanence — Per ma*nence, Permanency Per ma*nen*cy, n. [Cf. F. permanence.] The quality or state of being permanent; continuance in the same state or place; duration; fixedness; as, the permanence of institutions; the permanence of nature. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • permanence — (n.) mid 15c., from M.L. permanentia (early 14c.), from permanentum (see PERMANENT (Cf. permanent)). Related: Permanency …   Etymology dictionary

  • permanence — permanent ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lasting or intending to last indefinitely; not temporary. DERIVATIVES permanence noun permanency noun permanently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin permanere remain to the end …   English terms dictionary

  • permanence — [pʉr′mə nəns] n. [ME < ML permanentia] the state or quality of being permanent …   English World dictionary


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