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

Definition of tenebrism

  1. :  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


play \-brist\ noun or adjective, often capitalized

Origin and Etymology of tenebrism

Latin tenebrae darkness

First Known Use: 1954

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