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Sfumato is one of the four canonical painting modes of the Renaissance (the other three being Cangiante, Chiaroscuro, and Unione).

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Sfumato Stitch
This booklet is compilation of an on-line exercise posted to Sfumato Stitch group. (
Sfumato Stitch
Sfumato Exercise 2 - Dylan Design
The Turbulent Structure of Sfumato within Mona Lisa
often fascinated by the strange sensation, due to sfumato [2], that the figure appears to be real.

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The man who stole the Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa's is only enigmatic because of Leonardo's sfumato technique – that smokey, smudgy blur where you can't see how the smile ends at each corner, so that it simply tails away, unresolved, literally open-ended.
Correggio purchase masterstroke for NGV
Leonardo's role was in part to introduce a sculpturally-minded tradition to the painterly qualities of sfumato, which tended to eliminate the reliance on line, and of chiaroscuro, which is composition in areas of light and dark.
Finding a sharper focus as technology shifted
A Renaissance painter might envy the sfumato effect his picture of Manhattan rooftops achieves. What gives the image such visual power, though, is how it balances mass and texture.
National Gallery of Victoria Acquires Newly Discovered Renaissance Masterpiece
The viewer is able to enjoy the subtlety of Correggio's blending of light and shade in the figures, what the Italians called 'sfumato'.
Ohrid a feast for culture lovers
Drama performances included a staging of Euripides' "Electra" by the Pula Theatre of Croatia, as well as the Bulgarian Sfumato Theatre's rendition of Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale".

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Sfumato - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sfumato is one of the four canonical painting modes of the Renaissance (the other three being Cangiante, Chiaroscuro, and Unione).
sfumato (painting technique) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia
Definition of Sfumato - Art History Glossary
Sfumato - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster
Definition of SFUMATO. : the definition of form in painting without abrupt outline by the blending of one tone into another. Origin of SFUMATO.
Sfumato | Define Sfumato at
Sfumato definition, the subtle and minute gradation of tone and color used to blur or veil the contours of a form in painting. See more.

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