To the curious among you… So where does our name Chiaroscuro come from, and how is it pronounced?


Etymology: Chiaroscuro (English pronunciation: /kiaro-scooroh/; Italian for light-dark) in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition.


It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for the use of contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modeling three-dimensional objects and figures. Similar effects in cinema and photography also are called chiaroscuro.

                          An example of Chiaroscuro lighting

                         An example of Chiaroscuro lighting