One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.
- ‘Each vignette, usually showing one or two figures, is a little anthology of effects, combining contour drawing, crosshatching, chiaroscuro, graphic boldness and delicate detailing.’
- ‘Partly because of his interest in chiaroscuro, Leonardo was not very interested in color.’
- ‘The image's effect lies in its extraordinary brilliance of colour, and chiaroscuro; with an imaginative concept and a contemporary feeling forcefully united.’
- ‘The brusque application of plaster disrupts the logic of the painting's chiaroscuro.’
- ‘Then he saw the light - in the form of Caravaggio's dramatic chiaroscuro - and became one of that master's most resourceful followers.’
- 1.1 An effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something.‘the chiaroscuro of cobbled streets’
- ‘Inhabiting these buildings are the depth, the reflections, the veils, the chiaroscuros, and an attenuated clarity that are created by the shade.’
- ‘The column screens and niches around the room create a mysterious and alluring chiaroscuro effect.’
- ‘I also distrust the general air onstage of High Significance, which owes far too much to the handsome chiaroscuro of the lighting and the future-chic costumes.’
Mid 17th century: from Italian, from chiaro ‘clear, bright’ (from Latin clarus) + oscuro ‘dark, obscure’ (from Latin obscurus).
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