Meaning of chiaroscuro

chi•a•ro•scu•ro

Pronunciation: (kē-är"u-skyoor'ō), [key]
— pl. -ros.
  1. the distribution of light and shade in a picture.
  2. the use of deep variations in and subtle gradations of light and shade, esp. to enhance the delineation of character and for general dramatic effect: Rembrandt is a master of chiaroscuro.
  3. a woodcut print in which the colors are produced by the use of different blocks with different colors.
  4. a sketch in light and shade.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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