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Caravaggio was renown for his use of tenebrism, which is an intense contrast between light and dark. Tenebrism adds drama and eeriness to a scene by making utter darkness the dominant feature of a painting and allowing certain figures to be illuminated. Among those impressed with his skill, he also had critics who found his techniques distasteful and overly dramatic. The painting above is Narcissus (1597-99). What do you think?
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