Chiaroscuro definition

kē-ärə-sko͝orō, -skyo͝orō
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The technique of using light and shade in pictorial representation.
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Light and shade in a painting, drawing, etc. treated so as to produce the illusion of depth, a dramatic effect, etc.
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The arrangement of light and dark elements in a pictorial work of art.
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A woodcut technique in which several blocks are used to print different shades of a color.
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A woodcut print made by this technique.
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A style of painting, drawing, etc. emphasizing this.
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A painting, drawing, etc. in which chiaroscuro is used.
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(art) An artistic technique developed during the Renaissance, referring to the use of exaggerated light contrasts in order to create the illusion of volume.
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(art) A monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color.
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(art) The use of blocks of wood of different colors in a woodcut.
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(photography) A photographic technique in which one side of a face (for example) is well lit and the other is in shadow.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chiaroscuro
Plural:
chiaroscuri, chiaroscuros

Origin of chiaroscuro

  • Italian chiaro bright, light (from Latin clārus clear kelə-2 in Indo-European roots) oscuro dark (from Latin obscūrus (s)keu- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian chiaroscuro, from chiaro (“light”) + oscuro (“dark”).

    From Wiktionary