Can adjectives decorate other adjectives?

They would lead to greater naturalness in the graphic depiction of
anatomy, clothingn likeness, expression, and landscape.

It seems

‘of anatomy, clothing, likeness, expression, and landscape’

decorates

‘graphic depiction’

But isn’t it an adjective? Which decorates ‘naturalness’

Adjectives can decorate other adjectives?

Or ‘of ~’ decorates ‘naturalness’ ?

Answer

Your word “decorates” is not appropriate here. I think you mean “modifies”.

The quotation seems to be from here:
Blogspot “art articles”

[Francis Wey] suggested that they [photographs] would lead to greater naturalness in the graphic depiction of anatomy, clothing, likeness, expression, and landscape configuration.

The word “naturalness” is followed by a preposition phrase that contains another preposition phrase:
[in the graphic depiction [of anatomy, clothing, likeness, expression and landscape configuration]].

The first preposition phrase has the preposition “in” followed by the noun phrase “the graphic depiction”, which has a specifier, an adjective, and a noun.

The second preposition phrase has the preposition “of” followed by a series of nouns. That second phrase modifies “graphic depiction”.

The combination of the two preposition phrases modifies “naturalness”.

So, it is definitely possible for a noun to be modified by a phrase, which is in turn modified by another phrase.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Young ho , Answer Author : Jack O’Flaherty

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