Investigating drawing - Chiaroscuro
by David Bomberg
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 by a shaft of light, which gives sharp shadows like that given by a spotlight.
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