Tenebrism

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Definition

Tenebrism, derived from the Italian ‘tenebroso’ (dark, gloomy, mysterious), is a style of painting using pronounced chiaroscuro, where there are violent contrasts of light and dark, and darkness becomes a dominating feature of the image.

History

Key Artists

  • Caravaggio
  • Rembrandt

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Tenebrism in art?
    Tenebrism is a style of painting known for its extreme contrasts of light and dark, creating a dramatic, often moody atmosphere.

  2. How does Tenebrism differ from Chiaroscuro?
    While both involve contrasts of light and dark, Tenebrism uses much more pronounced and dramatic contrasts, often with large areas of darkness.

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