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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chiaro-oscuro 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., clear dark


In literature:

A common grayness: Andrea del Sarto was distinguished for his skill in chiaro-oscuro.
"Introduction to Robert Browning" by Hiram Corson
He also made a great advance in coloring: he invented chiaro-oscuro.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume III" by John Lord
No one gets farther away from the academic grayness, the colorless chiaro-oscuro of the conventional painters.
"French Art" by W. C. Brownell