|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
(from Italian sfumare, "to tone down" or "to evaporate like smoke"), in painting or drawing, the fine shading that produces soft, imperceptible transitions between colours and tones. It is used most often in connection with the work of Leonardo da Vinci and his followers, who made subtle gradations, without lines or borders, from light to dark areas; the technique was used for a highly illusionistic rendering of facial features and for atmospheric effects. See also chiaroscuro.
Learn more about sfumato with a free trial on Britannica.com.