Chiaroscuro began to emerge during the Early Renaissance era but has been more attributed to artists who created works during the 17th Century, most notably Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Caravaggio used such an influential style of chiaroscuro, the more dramatic tenebrism, that he attracted many fellow artists who followed his works and replicated his technique. Many of the works of art in this gallery were painted by Caravaggio and those who followed his work, called Caravaggists. Works of art that employ the use of chiaroscuro create images where there is stark contrast in light, creating dynamic scenes where bright subjects stand out from dark surroundings, often highlighting the human figure or using a specific light source (such as a candle) as the point of illumination. I chose to focus on the use of chiaroscuro because I have a particular fondness for the contrast between light and dark within visual art which allows the viewer to really focus on what is being displayed in the scene. Within this gallery you will see many pieces that depict biblical stories, many of which are quite dramatic in nature, which the use of chiaroscuro heightens.