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Bravour is a loan word from the French language ( bravoure ), which has the same meaning ( bravura ) in Italian . The word initially meant bravery and courage, especially in the military field. Soldiers used the expression for cutting edge, boldness and daring as in the phrase "fight with great bravura".

In addition, bravura in the figurative sense means an outstanding skill in a subject, furthermore a perfect mastery or masterful technique, as in the saying: "Solve a difficult task with bravura". At public events, such as on the stage or in the stadium, one speaks of a "brilliant performance" after the outstanding performance of an actor or athlete.

In classical music, the expression Bravourarie (Italian: aria di bravura ) has been used for operas since the 18th century , which is a technically difficult aria which, due to its virtuosity, aims at external effects. For solo encores in concerts, a virtuoso “bravura piece” is often performed by an instrumental soloist .

In painting, bravura denotes the apparent lightness and extraordinary skill with which an artist loosely and virtuously guides the brush and sets the individual brushstrokes.


  • Nicola Suthor: Bravura . Virtuosity and willfulness in early modern painting. 2010. ISBN 978-3-7705-4836-1
  • Meyer's encyclopaedic dictionary Volume 30. The large dictionary of the German language 1. A – F , Bibliographisches Institut Mannheim, Vienna, Zurich 1979, ISBN 3-411-01831-3

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