Wikipedia defines it as, "in art, it is the use of strong contrast between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. Dictionary.com mentions that the basis of the word is equivalent to chiaro (bright) plus oscuro (dark).
This contrast of light and shade results in a dramatic effect. The technique was initially pioneered by Leonardo da Vinci, and it was further developed by atrists such as Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Rembrandt.
Here are a few examples of chiaroscuro used in Rembrandt's paintings. I love the moody glow of the light against the dark!
A beautiful example of this technique by Maria Thomas, who developed Zentangle with Rick Roberts, is linked here to their blog:
You can also find great examples of Zentangle Renaissance tiles in the FaceBook group: Square One: Purely Renaissance Zentangle
And now . . . . . . drumroll, please! Here are Renaissance tiles done in class yesterday!
|Everyone did a spectacular job!|
|Marti Morgan sent this image of her first (!) tiles from class last year along with her new Renaissance tiles from class yesterday.|
|Kathy Webb sent this wonderful 'collage' of her supplies in addition to a peek at her tiles!|
|Here is my most recent Renaissance tile.|
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