In many ways, the depiction of light has already been a significant part of our discussion. We have already discussed the ways in which light is part of colour (tone), and part of modelling. Light, as we saw in our discussion of modelling, often comes from a specific source or direction which can often be easily identified by the viewer. The artist can, moreover, manipulate the light source to draw our attention to particular areas of the painting, or to particular objects or figures in it.
In section a, we shall consider the effects of contrasts between light and dark (chiaroscuro).
In section b we shall discuss the manipulation of light sources in art works.
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