chiaroscuro

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Chiaroscuro (use of exaggerated light contrasts)

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA: /ˌkjɑːrəʊˈskuːrəʊ/

Noun[edit]

chiaroscuro (plural chiaroscuros or chiaroscuri)

  1. (art) An artistic technique developed during the Renaissance, referring to the use of exaggerated light contrasts in order to create the illusion of volume.
  2. (art) A monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color.
  3. (art) The use of blocks of wood of different colors in a woodcut.
  4. (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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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From chiaro +‎ oscuro.

Noun[edit]

chiaroscuro m (plural chiaroscuri)

  1. light and shade, chiaroscuro
  2. contrasts, ups and downs

Verb[edit]

chiaroscuro

  1. first-person singular present indicative of chiaroscurare