Share this entry

Share this page

tenebrism

Line breaks: tene|brism
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛnəbrɪz(ə)m
 
/

Definition of tenebrism in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A style of painting developed by Caravaggio and other 17th-century Spanish and Italian artists, characterized by predominantly dark tones and shadows with dramatically contrasting effects of light.
Example sentences
  • His stay in Italy, where he encountered Caravaggesque naturalism and tenebrism, was decisive for his art.
  • For him, tenebrism fit the general category of ‘furtive painting’, a style that was intended to conceal shortcomings by means of cloaking shadows.
  • Caravaggio revolutionized Baroque painting with a technique called tenebrism.

Origin

from Italian tenebroso 'dark' + -ism.

Derivatives

tenebrist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • His first works were painted in a naturalistic and tenebrist style.
  • She creates a tenebrist tableau of brilliant whites and jet blacks.
  • He was at his best as a tenebrist.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something