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 for Chiaroscuro
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chiaroscuro \Chia`ro*scu"ro\, Chiaro-oscuro \Chi*a"ro-os*cu"ro\,
     n. [It., clear dark.]
     (a) The arrangement of light and dark parts in a work of art,
         such as a drawing or painting, whether in monochrome or
         in color.
     (b) The art or practice of so arranging the light and dark
         parts as to produce a harmonious effect. Cf.
         [1913 Webster] Chiasm

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a monochrome picture made by using several different shades
           of the same color

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