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  • An artistic technique developed during the renaissance, refering to the use of exaggerated light contrasts in order to create an image of volume.
  • A monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

{ ||Chia`ro*scu"ro (?), ||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 light and dark parts as to produce a harmonious effect. Cf. Clair-obscur.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Chiaroscuro, the reproduction in art of the effects of light and shade on nature as they mutually affect each other.
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