What does chiaroscuro mean?

Definitions for chiaroscuro
kiˌɑr əˈskyʊər oʊ, -ˈskʊər oʊchiaroscuro

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chiaroscuro(noun)

    a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color


  1. chiaroscuro(Noun)

    An artistic technique developed during the Renaissance, referring to the use of exaggerated light contrasts in order to create the illusion of volume.

  2. chiaroscuro(Noun)

    A monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color.

  3. chiaroscuro(Noun)

    The use of blocks of wood of different colors in a woodcut.

  4. chiaroscuro(Noun)

    A photographic technique in which one side of a face (for example) is well lit and the other is in shadow.

  5. Origin: from chiaro + oscuro

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chiaroscuro(noun)

    alt. of Chiaro-oscuro


  1. Chiaroscuro

    Chiaroscuro in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. Chiaroscuro is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for using contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modelling three-dimensional objects such as the human body. Similar effects in the lighting of cinema and photography are also often called chiaroscuro. Further related specialized uses of the term include chiaroscuro woodcut, for coloured woodcuts printed with different blocks, each using a different coloured ink; and chiaroscuro drawing for drawings on coloured paper with drawing in a dark medium and white highlighting.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chiaroscuro

    kyär′o-skū-ro, n. distribution or blending of light and shade, the art of representing light in shadow and shadow in light.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Chiaroscuro

    the reproduction in art of the effects of light and shade on nature as they mutually affect each other.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chiaroscuro in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chiaroscuro in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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