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Sfumato

The term Sfumato comes from the Italian word fumo, meaning ‘smoke,’ and it describes a painting technique where colors are smoothly blurred into each other, creating a very soft, almost out-of-focus effect. Popularized by Leonardo da Vinci, whose experiments with camera obscura prompted him to experiment with depicting parts of his compositions as “without lines or borders, in the manner of smoke or beyond the focus plane.”

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Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa Leonardo da Vinci, 1503 – 1506

Portrait of Bindo Altoviti, Raphael Sanzio

Portrait of Bindo Altoviti Raphael Sanzio, 1515

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Raphael Sanzio

Saint Catherine of Alexandria Raphael Sanzio, 1507

The Small Cowper Madonna, Raphael Sanzio

The Small Cowper Madonna Raphael Sanzio, 1505

Young Man with Arrow, Giorgione

Young Man with Arrow Giorgione, 1505

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