Definition of sfumato in English:

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sfumato

Pronunciation: /sfo͞oˈmädō/

noun

Art
The technique of allowing tones and colors to shade gradually into one another, producing softened outlines or hazy forms.
Example sentences
  • The landscape is idealised from Leonardo's studies of nature, portrayed with techniques of sfumato and aerial perspective.
  • He creates rocky landscape backgrounds with misty atmospheric perspective, using sfumato and chiaroscuro to describe colour transitions.
  • The famous smile was achieved through the use of a tonal technique sfumato.

Origin

Mid 19th century: Italian, literally 'shaded off', past participle of sfumare.

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