Meaning of “chiaroscuro” in the English Dictionary

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"chiaroscuro" in British English

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chiaroscuronoun [ U ]

uk /kiˌɑː.rəˈskʊə.rəʊ/ us /kiˌɑːr.əˈskjʊr.oʊ/ specialized

the use of areas of light and darkness in a painting:

Caravaggio is famous for his use of chiaroscuro.

(Definition of “chiaroscuro” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)