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The Olive Jar

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Description: Shadows and Enlightenment
22  The term chiaroscuro or clair-obscur was used in two distinct senses in the eighteenth century, as people pointed out at the time. One is the working of light and shade in the world in general, a phenomenal thing. The other is the artistic arrangement of light and shade in pictures, an aesthetic and often normative thing (fig. 8). Present business is with the first, actual light and shade, but many of the most perceptive observers of this were visual artists, which is hardly …
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Related print edition pages: pp.76-117

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