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
tenebristplay \-brist\ noun or adjective, often capitalized
Origin and Etymology of tenebrism
Latin tenebrae darkness
First Known Use: 1954See Words from the same year
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