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From the Latin (via Italian) fumare (“to smoke”), sfumato describes a painting technique with no harsh outlines. Areas blend into one another through tiny brushstrokes, which makes a hazy, atmospheric depiction of light and color. An early example of sfumato can be seen in Leonardo’s Mona Lisa.  A more modern example is in Y.Z. Kami’s giant meditative portraits.

Pronunciation: sfoo·mah·toe


Xandy Peters : Sfumato

Brooklyn-based industrial designer Xandy Peters fools around with a scanner and some fluff. She produces some wonderful sfumato portraits.

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