Chiaroscuro in art is characterized by strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for using contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modelling three-dimensional objects such as the human body.
The Separation of Light from Darkness is, from the perspective of the Genesis chronology, the first of nine central panels that run along the centre of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and which depict scenes from the Book of Genesis.
This image of God was painted in a single day.
Sacred and Profane Love (1602–1603) , showing dramatic compositional chiaroscuro