Definitions for sfumatosfuˈmɑ toʊ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
gradation of tone used to blur the outlines of a form in painting.
Category: Fine Arts
Origin of sfumato:
1840–50; < It, ptp. of sfumare to gradate tone or color
In painting, the application of subtle layers of translucent paint so that there is no visible transition between colors, tones and often objects.
Origin: sfumato, 'shaded, toned down' (1909)
having vague outlines, and colors and shades so mingled as to give a misty appearance; -- said of a painting
Sfumato is one of the four canonical painting modes of the Renaissance. The most prominent practitioner of sfumato was Leonardo da Vinci, and his famous painting of the Mona Lisa exhibits the technique. Leonardo da Vinci described sfumato as "without lines or borders, in the manner of smoke or beyond the focus plane."
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