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Chiaroscuro

In drawing, painting, and the graphic arts, chiaroscuro (ke-√§ra-skooro) refers to the rendering of forms through a balanced contrast between light and dark areas.  The technique that was introduced during the Renaissance, is effective in creating an illusion of depth and space around the principal figures in a composition. Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt were painters who excelled in the use of this technique.

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