chiaroscuro

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Mid-17th century, borrowed from Italian chiaroscuro, from chiaro (clear, bright) + scuro (dark, obscure).

Pronunciation[edit]

chiaroscuro with its exaggerated light contrasts

Noun[edit]

chiaroscuro (countable and uncountable, plural chiaroscuros or chiaroscuri)

  1. (painting) An artistic technique developed during the Renaissance, referring to the use of exaggerated light contrasts in order to create the illusion of volume.
  2. (painting) 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, for example, a face is well lit and the other is in shadow.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From chiaro (clear, bright) +‎ scuro (dark, obscure).

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /ˌkja.roˈsku.ro/, [ˌk̟järoˈskuːro]
  • Rhymes: -uro
  • Hyphenation: chia‧ro‧scù‧ro

Noun[edit]

chiaroscuro m (plural chiaroscuri)

  1. (painting, art) chiaroscuro (artistic technique using exaggerated light contrasts)
  2. (figuratively) contrasts, ups and downs

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chiaroscuro

  1. first-person singular present indicative of chiaroscurare

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian chiaroscuro, from chiaro (clear, bright) + scuro (dark, obscure).

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Noun[edit]

chiaroscuro m (plural chiaroscuros)

  1. (painting) chiaroscuro (artistic technique using exaggerated light contrasts)

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