tenebrism

noun, often capitalized
ten·e·brism | \ˈte-nə-ˌbri-zəm \

Definition of tenebrism 

: a style of painting especially associated with the Italian painter Caravaggio and his followers in which most of the figures are engulfed in shadow but some are dramatically illuminated by a beam of light usually from an identifiable source

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tenebrist \ˈte-nə-brist \ noun or adjective often capitalized

First Known Use of tenebrism

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenebrism

Latin tenebrae darkness

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