noun, plural chi·a·ro·scu·ros.
Examples from the Web for chiaroscuro
This chiaroscuro portrait, intended only to sell underwear, comes alarmingly close to capturing the man.
Then, after executing some works in S. Margherita, he painted many faades of palaces in chiaroscuro, with good design.Lives of the most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects|Giorgio Vasari
A meteor in the realms of chiaroscuro which obscures whatever the most daring servants of that power elsewhere produced.
A mere name, in any case, is quite as likely to obscure as to illumine the reality; the chiaroscuro effect must ever belong to it.The Will to Doubt|Alfred H. Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for chiaroscuro
noun plural -ros
Word Origin for chiaroscuro
Word Origin and History for chiaroscuro
1680s, "disposition of light and dark in a picture," literally "bright-dark," from Italian chiaro "clear, bright" (from Latin clarus; see clear (adj.)) + oscuro (from Latin obscurus; see obscure (adj.)). Related: Chiaroscurist.