(kee-ah-roh-SKOO-roh) [Italian, from Latin: clearobscure] The treatment and distribution of light and shade in a painting or drawing, used to enhance character traits and/or dramatic effects. Also called clair-obscure.
   the chiaroscuro use of light and shadow —The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 10, 1998.

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  • chiaroscuro — [kē är΄ə skoor′ō, kē är΄əskyoor′ō] n. pl. chiaroscuros [It, lit., clear dark < L clarus, CLEAR + obscurus, dark: see OBSCURE] 1. light and shade in a painting, drawing, etc. treated so as to produce the illusion of depth, a dramatic effect,… …   English World dictionary

  • Chiaroscuro — Chia ro*scu ro, ||Chiaro oscuro Chi*a ro os*cu ro, n. [It., clear dark.] (a) The arrangement of light and dark parts in a work of art, such as a drawing or painting, whether in monochrome or in color. (b) The art or practice of so arranging the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chiaroscuro — (ital.), so v.w. Claireobscure …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Chiaroscūro — (ital., spr. kja ), s. Clair obscur …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Chiaroscuro — Chiaroscuro, s. Holzschneidekunst …   Lexikon der gesamten Technik

  • Chiaroscuro — Chiāroscūro (ital., spr. ki ), s. Helldunkel …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Chiaroscuro —   [k , italienisch] das, (s), das in Malerei und Grafik angewandte Helldunkel.   * * * Chi|a|ros|cu|ro [k...], das; [s] [ital., aus: chiaro = hell u. oscuro = dunkel]: Helldunkelmalerei …   Universal-Lexikon

  • chiaroscuro — s.m. [grafia unita di chiaro scuro ] (pl. chiaroscuri ). 1. (artist.) [tecnica pittorica e grafica con la quale si rendono le sfumature di luce presenti in un corpo accentuandone i rilievi]. 2. (estens.) [giustapposizione di luci e ombre]… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • chiaroscuro — 1680s, disposition of light and dark in a picture, lit. clear dark, from It. chiaro (from L. clarus) + oscuro (from L. obscurus) …   Etymology dictionary

  • chiaroscuro — (izg. kjȃroskūro) m DEFINICIJA lik. međusobni odnos svijetlih i tamnih dijelova slike, svjetla i sjene, naročito izražen i tražen efekt u baroknom slikarstvu; svijetlo tamno, clair obscur ETIMOLOGIJA tal …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • chiaroscuro — ► NOUN ▪ the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting. ORIGIN Italian, from chiaro clear, bright + oscuro dark, obscure …   English terms dictionary

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