chiaroscuro[kē är′ə sko̵or′ō, -skyo̵or′-]
- 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: Italian literally , clear dark ; from Classical Latin clarus, clear plush obscurus, dark: see obscure
- chiaroscurist noun
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noun pl. chi·a·ro·scu·ros In all senses also called claire-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.
Origin: Italian : 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).
- chi·aˌro·scuˈrist noun