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Rembrandt is known for strong chiaroscuro effects.
  art:  a painting technique that skillfully contrasts light and shadow
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Rembrandt and Caravaggio are closely associated with the use of chiaroscuro. Click on the Google Images or Wikipedia article link for some samples.
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  • Rembrandt is known for strong chiaroscuro effects.
  • And now as I approached closer to the front door I saw the two of them pressed together, defined in obscure relief against the pink hallway where a dangling forty-watt lightbulb, nearly engulfed by a cloud of fluttering moths, cast its palsied chiaroscuro.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Art and Archaeology is murkier and more velvety than last year, and filled with impasto and chiaroscuro.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • It seemed to him that he could see the yellow day opening peacefully on before him, like a corridor, an arras, into a still chiaroscuro without urgency.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August

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  • The Italians call this chiaroscuro.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • On one of these sat a small, pale, and wrinkled person, motionlessly shadowed and yielding an effect as of some fading, antique portrait in chiaroscuro.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Not that Mr. Wakem had not other sons beside Philip; but toward them he held only a chiaroscuro parentage, and provided for them in a grade of life duly beneath his own.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • They matched the chiaroscuro designs on the brick wall.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Chiaroscuro, she thought.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • It was hot; heat quivered up from the asphalt, giving to the familiar buildings about the square a nimbus quality, a quality of living and palpitant chiaroscuro.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August

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  • We’re each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • I halted and stood quite still as they plunged toward each other through the chiaroscuro of dimly trembling, leafy light, and I heard the sobbing sounds that Sophie made just before they collided and embraced.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
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Associated words [difficulty]:   chiaroscuro [8]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Fine Arts & Music, Classic Literature, Architecture
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