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  • n. A style of painting using very pronounced chiaroscuro, with darkness a dominating feature of the image.


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  • Sometimes this effect is called “tenebrism,” especially in association with 17th Century followers of Caravaggio in Spain and Italy.


  • No, he had to admit, he was not having nightmares about the women he cared for -- and he cared for them all with these two specially mixing in himself as paint, their pleasures and sorrows his tenebrism.

    An Apostate: Nawin of Thais

  • Anyhow, there's some Aristotle and Plato I want to read-a textbook on tenebrism I need to get through for my Caravaggio class.

    Corpus of a Siam Mosquito

  • Caravaggio with his tenebrism (dramatic shading, where 3D games begin to take off with better shading and lighting) really began to bring things to life.

  • love it. very reminiscent of caravaggio's tenebrism effect

    Jehad Nga


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