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Gerrit van Honthorst





 

Gerrit van Honthorst

(b Utrecht, 4 Nov 1592; d Utrecht, 27 April 1656).

Dutch painter and draughtsman. He came from a large Catholic family in Utrecht, with several artist members. His grandfather, Gerrit Huygensz. van Honthorst ( fl c. 1575–9), and his father, Herman Gerritsz. van Honthorst ( fl c. 1611–16), were textile and tapestry designers (kleerschrijvers); his father is also occasionally mentioned in documents as a painter. Both his grandfather and father held official positions in the Utrecht artists’ guilds, Gerrit Huygensz. from 1575 to 1579, and Herman Gerritsz. in 1616. Two of Gerrit Hermansz.’s brothers were also trained as artists. Herman Hermansz. van Honthorst ( fl 1629–32) was trained to be a sculptor but later became a priest, and Willem Hermansz. van Honthorst (1594–1666) studied painting under Gerrit Hermansz., whose style he frequently emulated. Gerrit Hermansz. was the most successful artist in the family and the most famous member of the group of UTRECHT CARAVAGGISTI, the Dutch followers of Caravaggio. His predilection for turning the great Italian painter’s dramatic patterns of natural light and shadow into nocturnal scenes with cleverly rendered effects of artificial illumination won him the Italian nickname ‘Gherardo delle Notti’.



 


Adoration of the Child

c. 1620
Oil on canvas
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


 

 


The Incredulity of St Thomas

c. 1620
Oil on canvas, 125 x 99 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid
 

 

Adoration of the Shepherds

1622
Oil on canvas, 164 x 190 cm
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne


 

Childhood of Christ

1620
Oil on canvas
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg


 

Christ before the High Priest

c. 1617
Oil on canvas, 272 x 183 cm
National Gallery, London


 

Christ before the High Priest
(detail)
c. 1617
Oil on canvas
National Gallery, London


 

Concert on a Balcony

1624
Oil on canvas, 168 x 178 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


 

The Dentist

1622
Oil on canvas, 147 x 219 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden


 

Margareta Maria de Roodere and Her Parents

1652
Oil on canvas, 140 x 170 cm
Centraal Museum, Utrecht


 

Margareta Maria de Roodere and Her Parents (detail)
1652
Oil on canvas, 140 x 170 cm
Centraal Museum, Utrecht

 

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