Sfumato

   The Italian word for smoky, it refers to a shading technique developed by Leonardo da Vinci to soften the contours in his paintings and add an ethereal effect. The technique entails gradually darkening colors and layering them onto the pictorial surface in such a way as to blur the lines from light to medium to dark until they become imperceptible. Leonardo's Mona Lisa (1503; Paris, Louvre) and Madonna of the Rocks (1483-1486; Paris, Louvre) embody this technique. In both paintings, the forms seem to be emerging from the dark, a feature that imbues the scenes with an aura of mystery. A number of Renaissance masters adopted sfumato as part of their own visual vocabulary, among them Domenico Beccafumi, Correggio, Giorgione, and Parmigianino.

Historical dictionary of Renaissance art. . 2008.

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  • sfumato — [ sfumato ] n. m. • 1758; mot it. « enfumé » ♦ Peint. Modelé vaporeux. Les sfumatos de Vinci. ● sfumato nom masculin (mot italien) En peinture, modelé vaporeux destiné à suggérer par les gradations de la couleur et de la lumière l échelonnement… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • sfumato — SFUMÁTO s.n. Mod de a estompa conturul în umbră al unei picturi, astfel încât imaginea pare văzută printr un văl de fum. – cuv. it. Trimis de LauraGellner, 22.07.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  sfumáto s. n. Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar… …   Dicționar Român

  • sfumato — 1847, from It. sfumato, lit. “smoked.” …   Etymology dictionary

  • sfumato — sfumȃto pril. DEFINICIJA lik. način slikanja zamagljenim tonovima i rasplinutim obrisima; kao u izmaglici ETIMOLOGIJA tal. sfumato …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • sfumato — (del italiano; pronunciamos esfumato ) sustantivo masculino 1. (no contable) Técnica pictórica que consiste en suavizar el contorno de las figuras mediante el uso de tonos vagos y los juegos de sombras: La técnica del sfumato fue creada por… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Sfumato — Sfu*ma to, a. [It.] (Paint.) Having vague outlines, and colors and shades so mingled as to give a misty appearance; said of a painting. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sfumāto — (ital). rauchig, wolkig, mit weichen u. unbestimmten Umrissen gemalt …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Sfumāto — (ital., von fumare, »verdunsten, verfliegen«), in der Malerei die Kunst, das Verschwimmen der Farben und Konturen in Luft und Licht darzustellen, die dadurch wie mit einem zarten, durchsichtigen Schleier umhüllt erscheinen. Diese Fertigkeit… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Sfumato — Sfumāto (ital.), rauchig, wolkig; mit unbestimmten Umrissen gemalt …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Sfumato — Sfumato, ital., verraucht d.h. in unbestimmten Umrissen gemalt …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • sfumato — (it.) m. Esfumado …   Enciclopedia Universal

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