Word of the day

Chiaroscuro – the arrangement, distribution or treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting; pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard to color; the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition to define three-dimensional objects; an effect of contrasted light and shadow;the interplay or contrast of dissimilar qualities (as of mood or character); the quality of being veiled or partly in shadow; a 16th century woodcut technique involving the use of several blocks to print different tones of the same colour; a print made by this technique.

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