tenebrism

noun, often capitalized
ten·​e·​brism | \ ˈte-nə-ˌbri-zəm How to pronounce tenebrism (audio) \

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

Other Words from tenebrism

tenebrist \ ˈte-​nə-​brist How to pronounce tenebrist (audio) \ noun or adjective, often capitalized

First Known Use of tenebrism

1954, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tenebrism

probably borrowed from Italian tenebrismo, from tenebroso tenebrous + -ism -ism

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