• WordNet 3.6
    • n chiaroscuro a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chiaroscuro The arrangement of light and dark parts in a work of art, such as a drawing or painting, whether in monochrome or in color.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chiaroscuro Light and shade; specifically, the general distribution of light and shade in a picture, whether painted, drawn, or engraved— that is, the combined effect of all its lights, shadows, and reflections. Strictly speaking, however, every object on which light strikes has its own chiaroscuro.
    • n chiaroscuro A drawing in black and white.
    • n chiaroscuro A method of printing engravings from several blocks representing lighter and darker shades, used especially in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; also, an engraving so printed.
    • chiaroscuro Of or pertaining to light and shade in painting, drawing, or engraving.
    • chiaroscuro Also clair-obscure, clare-obscure.
    • n chiaroscuro A style of painting on enameled pottery practised by the Italian potters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chiaroscuro kyär′o-skū-ro distribution or blending of light and shade, the art of representing light in shadow and shadow in light.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., clear dark


In literature:

They are to be sketches in chiaroscuro, which will afterward be engraved in mezzotint.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
I thought this highly probable, and admired so picturesque a chiaroscuro of work and play.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. July, 1877." by Various
Then, after executing some works in S. Margherita, he painted many facades of palaces in chiaroscuro, with good design.
"Lives of the most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects" by Giorgio Vasari
Life is seen in chiaroscuro, but words are sharp and definite things.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
The artists with us talk of values, vistas, truth of space, chiaroscuro, mellowness of effect, and transparence of air.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
The chiaroscuro was striking.
"My Trip Around the World" by Eleonora Hunt
His figures were half life-size; the main group, somewhat to the right, was enveloped in the haze of a mysterious chiaroscuro.
"Fragments of an Autobiography" by Felix Moscheles
Future experts, however, may be trusted to deal with absence of chiaroscuro, values, tones, and the rest.
"Aubrey Beardsley" by Robert Ross
Where will you discover such a feeling of devotion, so mysterious a chiaroscuro?
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
It is a chiaroscuro landscape of blacks and whites.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover

In news:

Ink, paper, projection mapping, and LEDs join forces for an exploration of light and darkness in the installation Chiaroscuro (Étude Op.
Pegagus Theatre 's stylish, fast-paced chiaroscuro comedy written by and starring Kurt Kleinmann.
The durable legend of the Shelley circle has proved so endearingly dotty, so engagingly pretentious, that those eight chiaroscuro years between 1814 and 1822 are something of a roadblock for a serious literary biographer.
A play on chiaroscuro came through contrasting textures, shiny, sheer, matte or even wooly, for a snowflake ski sweater.
Ralph Towner /Paolo Fresu Chiaroscuro ECM Records.
For the past decade, Joe Pernice has practiced the art of pop chiaroscuro, crafting sunny songs with sudden shadows and dark songs that dazzle.
Mike Corcoran paints himself in a Rembrandt -like pose and chiaroscuro.