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- (UK) IPA(key): /kɪˌɑːɹəˈskʊəɹəʊ/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˌkjɑɹəˈsk(j)ʊɹoʊ/
- (Canada) IPA(key): /ˌkjɒɹəˈskuɹoʊ/
- Rhymes: -ʊəɹəʊ, -ʊɹəʊ
- (painting) An artistic technique developed during the Renaissance, referring to the use of strong contrasts between light and dark in order to create the illusion of volume.
- (painting) A monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color.
- (art) The use of blocks of wood of different colors in a woodcut.
- (photography) A photographic technique in which one side of, for example, a face is well lit and the other is in shadow.
- (photographic technique): Rembrandt lighting
artistic technique using exaggerated light contrasts
- (figuratively) Possessing the qualities of a work of chiaroscuro.
- 1913, The Saturday Evening Post - Volume 185, Issue 7, page 21:
- It has been a very chiaroscuro day—lots of sunlight and shadow.
- 1962, Charles Neider, The frozen sea: a study of Franz Kafka, page 90:
- It is cruder than the others, more graphic, less chiaroscuro.
- 1970, Archeologia classica - Volumes 22-23, page 56:
- A somewhat " chiaroscuro " effect, which imparts a strong feeling of rotundity to the bronze helmet, is achieved by the artist's bold use of broad hatching along its upper contours.
- 1983 -, Max Davidson, The Wolf, page 68:
- 'Rome's a very chiaroscuro city, I've always thought,' said Tom Richardson eventually, sensing that the lull in the conversation was going to be a protracted one.
- 1984, Francesca Stanfill, Shadows and light:
- I heard them discussing painting, and the two pictures Veronique had purchased from Allegra's sale: a haunting nude, very chiaroscuro, and another — more colorful and enigmatic — of a woman before a screen, holding an Oriental mask.
- 1993, American Cinematographer - Volume 74, page 55:
- To minimize the problem, we used dark skies, very chiaroscuro lighting, and decided that the whole film would take place at night."
- 1994, The Absolute Sound - Volume 19, Issues 95-98, page 111:
- HP, however, preferred the more chiaroscuro quality of the original CD.
- 1995, Frank Waters, The Lizard Woman, page 3:
- A very chiaroscuro sort of man he was, arm on balcony, staring down into the dusty street below.
- 2007, Gerd Gemünden, Mary R. Desjardins, Dietrich Icon, page 265:
- At times the image is so chiaroscuro as to be nearly illegible, such that one can only imagine the discussions between Lang and the Technicolor advisors.
- 2017, P.L. Hawks, I Love Paris:
- The shooting bright light from the outside contrasted sharply from the coal black shadows of the interior giving the compound a very chiaroscuro quality.
chiaroscuro m (plural chiaroscuri)
- (painting, art) chiaroscuro (artistic technique using exaggerated light contrasts)
- (figuratively) contrasts, ups and downs
chiaroscuro m (plural chiaroscuros)
- (painting) chiaroscuro (artistic technique using exaggerated light contrasts)
- Synonym: claro-escuro (calque)