Chiaroscuro 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 modelling three-dimensional objects and figures. Similar effects in cinema and photography also are called chiaroscuro.

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Seated woman at her bath

A sensitive, seated female nude study. A seated woman sits at her bath. There are several elements that put this into the classical nude category. The silk curtain just off to the left, the subject partly covered by fabric, the chiaroscuro tones. This was a typical subject for painters such as Ingres.