chiaroscuro
[ kee-ahr-uh-skyoor-oh ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Mid 17th century; Latin from Italian, from chiaro ‘clear, bright’ (from Latin clarus) + oscuro ‘dark, obscure’ (from Latin obscurus)
Synonyms
  • cloudy
  • leafy
  • shaded
  • shadowy
Antonyms
  • clear
  • bright
  • light
Definition
the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting
Example
A) Our focus in art class this week is chiaroscuro. B) The Italian painter was known for his chiaroscuro.
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