The Art of Tenebrism

Tenebrism is a technique that emerged during the 17th century, which is also known as the Baroque era. The Baroque era is mostly described as theatrical; with art that shows emotion, movement, vibrant colors, and extreme contrast between color and darkness. Tenebrism derives from the latin word, tenebrae, which means "darkness." tenebrist paintings are often portrayed against a background of intense darkness, but the figures themselves are illuminated by a bright, implied light, that sets off their three-dimensional forms. Caravagio was the father of  tenebrism and many others followed behind his technique. This gallery consist of many beautiful paintings published in the 17th century that illustrate the tenebrism technique. The reason I chose to create a of gallery of paintings that illustrate this technique is because tenebrism really draws the viewers eye into the emotion and action that is going on in the painting.

Abraham is interrupted by an angel, just as he is about to slay his son, to tell him to sacrifice the lamb that abrutly appears instead. The implied light is striking from left which creates dark contrast on the right side of characters.
A biblica story when Judith beheads the Assryian general, Holoferenes, in order to saver her people. Implied light is coming from the candle in the center of the painting, which creates a dark contrast on the outside of the figures.
Mary and Joseph (on the right) kneel as they admire the birth of Christ. Christ is known as the light, in the bible. Your eyes are drawn to the center of the painting because Honthorst sets Christ as the implied light in the painting, which creates a dark contrast on the outside of figures.
An angel releases St.Peter from bondage. The implied light is coming from the upper left side of the painting which creates against the left and right side of the angels face and St.Peters head.
Ribera depicts the martyrdom; the killing, of St Lawrence, which took place in Rome during the persecution of Christians. Implied light is coming from the left of the painting, which creates drastic contrast on from the front and back of St.Lawrence's body.
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