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n. pl. chi·a·ro·scu·ros
1. The technique of using light and shade in pictorial representation.
2. The arrangement of light and dark elements in a pictorial work of art.
a. A woodcut technique in which several blocks are used to print different shades of a color.
b. A woodcut print made by this technique. In all senses also called claire-obscure.
[Italian : chiaro, bright, light (from Latin clārus, clear; see kelə- in Indo-European roots) + oscuro, dark (from Latin obscūrus; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots).]
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n, pl -ros
1. (Art Terms) the artistic distribution of light and dark masses in a picture
2. (Art Terms) monochrome painting using light and dark only, as in grisaille
[C17: from Italian, from chiaro clear + oscuro obscure]
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chi•a•ro•scu•ro(kiˌɑr əˈskyʊər oʊ, -ˈskʊər oʊ)
n., pl. -ros.
1. the distribution of light and shade in a picture.
2. the use of deep variations in and subtle gradations of light and shade, esp. to enhance the delineation of character and for general dramatic effect.
3. a woodcut print in which the colors are produced by the use of different blocks with different colors.
[1680–90; < Italian, =chiaro bright (< Latin clārus) + oscuro dark (< Latin obscūrus). See clear, obscure]
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a technique of painting or drawing using light and shade to achieve a three-dimensional quality. — chiaroscurist, n.See also: Drawing
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(Italian, “light-dark”) (1) The rendering of light and shade in a painting. (2) The subtle gradations and marked variations of light and shade for dramatic effect. (3) A woodcut print produced from two blocks.
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|Noun||1.||chiaroscuro - a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color|
grisaille - chiaroscuro painting or stained glass etc., in shades of grey imitating the effect of relief
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chiaroscuro[kɪˌɑːrəsˈkʊərəʊ] N → claroscuro m
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chiaroscuro[kiˌærəˈskʊərəʊ] n → clair-obscur m
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n → Chiaroscuro nt, → Helldunkel nt
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