sfumato

noun
sfu·ma·to | \ sfü-ˈmä-(ˌ)tō \

Definition of sfumato 

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

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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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