- light and shade in a painting, drawing, etc. treated so as to produce the illusion of depth, a dramatic effect, etc.
- a style of painting, drawing, etc. emphasizing this
- a painting, drawing, etc. in which chiaroscuro is used
Origin of chiaroscuroIt, literally , clear dark from Classical Latin clarus, clear + obscurus, dark: see obscure
- The technique of using light and shade in pictorial representation.
- The arrangement of light and dark elements in a pictorial work of art.
- a. A woodcut technique in which several blocks are used to print different shades of a color.b. A woodcut print made by this technique. Also called In all senses also called claire-obscure .
Origin of chiaroscuroItalian chiaro bright, light ( from Latin clārus clear ; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots.) oscuro dark ( from Latin obscūrus ; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.)
(plural chiaroscuros or chiaroscuri)
- (art) An artistic technique developed during the Renaissance, referring to the use of exaggerated light contrasts in order to create the illusion of volume.
- (art) A monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color.
- (art) The use of blocks of wood of different colors in a woodcut.
- (photography) A photographic technique in which one side of a face (for example) is well lit and the other is in shadow.
OriginSee also: chiaroscurò
From Italian chiaroscuro, from chiaro (“light”) + oscuro (“dark”).