24 Feb 2009

Q: What does the term sfumato mean?

A: Sfumato, an Italian term meaning "dark smoke," describes a soft gradation from one color to another. The transition can be from warm to cool, light to dark, or dull to intense, as well as from one hue to another. The term pertains in particular to a gradation or transition made with thin, translucent layers of glazes and scumbles.

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