Variant of chiaroscuro
noun pl. chiaroscuros
- 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