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Gerard van Honthorst

1590-1656 Holland/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Gerard van Honthorst was born in Utrecht, where he was a disciple of Abraham Bloemaert. After studying in Rome and painting religious works, his style became markedly Caravaggesque, and he later became known as "Gerardo Dalla Notti" or "Painter of the Night." He found success in Utrecht as a portraitist, and in 1623 he was elected dean of the Guild of Saint Luke. Honthorst tutored the children of Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia, who introduced him to Charles I. The King engaged him with numerous commissions in England and afterwards awarded him three thousand florins, a plate service for twelve persons and a splendid horse. In Holland, he decorated the palace of the Hague, and the King of Denmark commissioned him to undertake a series of Danish historical works. Finally, He kept a large studio in The Hague with many students, Joachim Sandrart being his most notable one. Honthorst settled in Utrecht, later only painting portraits. His younger brother Willem was also a painter tutored by Bloemaert, who worked with Gerard; some of his paintings subsequently were sold as works by Gerard.

 

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musical group on
a balcony

musical group on a balcony

portrait of a
gentleman

portrait of a gentleman

solon and
croesus

solon and croesus

samson and
delilah

samson and delilah

susanna and the
elders

susanna and the elders

the flea
hunt

 the flea hunt