Definition of chiaroscuro in English:

chiaroscuro

Syllabification: chi·a·ro·scu·ro
Pronunciation: /kēˌärəˈsk(y)o͝orō, kēˌarə-
 
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noun

1The treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.
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  • The brusque application of plaster disrupts the logic of the painting's chiaroscuro.
  • Each vignette, usually showing one or two figures, is a little anthology of effects, combining contour drawing, crosshatching, chiaroscuro, graphic boldness and delicate detailing.
  • Then he saw the light - in the form of Caravaggio's dramatic chiaroscuro - and became one of that master's most resourceful followers.
1.1An effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something: the chiaroscuro of cobbled streets
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  • 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.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Italian, from chiaro 'clear, bright' (from Latin clarus) + oscuro 'dark, obscure' (from Latin obscurus).

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