Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tenebrism

Artemisia Gentileschi, Judith and Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes, c. 1625. Oil on canvas, approx. 6' x 4' 8". Detroit Institute of the Arts (gift of Leslie H. Green).
Caravaggio, Calling of St. Matthew, circa 1597-1601. Oil on canvas, 11' 1" x 11' 5". Contraelli Chapel, San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome.

Painting in the tenebroso or 'dark manner,' using violent contrasts of light and dark, as in the work of Caravaggio. (Frederick Hartt)