- the subtle and minute gradation of tone and color used to blur or veil the contours of a form in painting.
Origin of sfumato
Examples from the Web for sfumato
Historical Examples of sfumato
The gods were everything and nothing; they got lost in a sfumato.The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
All the secrets of richness, softness, and morbidenza, all the mysteries of pastoso and sfumato were his.Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning
It is like a picture, or a succession of pictures, painted in what the Italians call the sfumato, or "smoky" manner.The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Frank Preston Stearns
- (in painting) a gradual transition between areas of different colour, avoiding sharp outlines
Word Origin for sfumato
1847, from Italian sfumato, literally "smoked," from Latin fumus "smoke" (see fume (n.)).