sfumato

noun
sfu·​ma·​to | \ sfü-ˈmä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce sfumato (audio) \

Definition of sfumato

: the definition of form in painting without abrupt outline by the blending of one tone into another

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Resounding and joyful, the rich complexity of its sound evokes the luminescence of Leonardo’s paintings—a musical sfumato with soft edges and lingering tones. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "Why Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance endures, 500 years after his death," 12 June 2019 But Leonardo’s ability to blur the line between reality and imagination, just like his sfumato technique for blurring the lines of a painting, was a key to his creativity. Walter Isaacson, WSJ, "The Lessons of Leonardo: How to Be a Creative Genius," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sfumato

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sfumato

Italian, from past participle of sfumare to evaporate

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