The term Chiaroscuro can be characterised as the contrast between light and dark areas of a painting, which are usually bold contrasts that affect the entire composition. Often used to add drama and movement to a composition. Chiaroscuro is also often used as a technical term by artists and art historians to describe the use of contrasting light to achieve a sense of volume in modelling three-dimensional objects such as architectural features and the human body.
|Caravaggio's - The Taking of Christ (1602). Example of the use of the canonical technique of Chiaroscuro. |
The use of the technique has heightened the dramatic effect of this painting.