- An artistic technique developed during the Renaissance, referring to the use of exaggerated light contrasts in order to create the illusion of volume.
- A monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color.
- A photographic technique in which one side of a face (for example) is well lit and the other is in shadow; Rembrandt lighting
Etymology:chiaro - light + scuro - dark
- French: clair-obscur
- Italian: chiaroscuro
- Spanish: claroscuro
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