Meaning of chiaroscuro
Pronunciation: (kē-är"u-skyoor'ō), [key]
— pl. -ros.
- the distribution of light and shade in a picture.
- 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.
- a woodcut print in which the colors are produced by the use of different blocks with different colors.
- a sketch in light and shade.
- chiaroscuro (Thesaurus)