What does sfumato mean?

Definitions for sfumatosfuˈmɑ toʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sfumato.


  1. sfumato(Noun)

    In painting, the application of subtle layers of translucent paint so that there is no visible transition between colors, tones and often objects.

  2. Origin: sfumato, 'shaded, toned down' (1909)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sfumato(adj)

    having vague outlines, and colors and shades so mingled as to give a misty appearance; -- said of a painting

  2. Origin: [It.]


  1. Sfumato

    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."


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sfumato in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sfumato in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Images & Illustrations of sfumato

  1. sfumatosfumatosfumato

Translations for sfumato

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for sfumato »


Find a translation for the sfumato definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these sfumato definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"sfumato." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 20 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/sfumato>.

Are we missing a good definition for sfumato? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for sfumato:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.