sfumato


sfumato

noun Fine Arts.

  1. the subtle and minute gradation of tone and color used to blur or veil the contours of a form in painting.

noun

  1. (in painting) a gradual transition between areas of different colour, avoiding sharp outlines

adj.1847, from Italian sfumato, literally “smoked,” from Latin fumus “smoke” (see fume (n.)).

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