Term describing effects of light and shade in a work of art, especially when there is strong contrast between the two. Sometimes a dramatic effect is created in a painting by a shaft of light, which gives sharp shadows like that given by a spotlight.
The Children of John Taylor of Bifrons Park
by John Closterman
Sir Christopher Wren
by Elisha Kirkall, after Henry Cook (Cooke), after John Closterman
Agostino Carlini; Francesco Bartolozzi; Giovanni Battista Cipriani
by John Francis Rigaud
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