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Hendrick Terbrugghen


Hendrick Terbrugghen

(b. 1588, Deventer, d. 1629, Utrecht)

Dutch painter, one of the earliest and finest exponents of Caravaggism in northern Europe. Born into a Catholic family, he grew up in Utrecht, studied there with Bloemaert, then spent about a decade in Rome (c. 1604-1614). On his return to the Netherlands he became with Honthorst the leader of Caravaggism associated with the Utrecht school. A second journey to Italy (c. 1620) has been postulated, as his later works are generally more thoroughly Caravaggesque than his earlier ones.

Terbrugghen was chiefly a religious painter, but he also produced some remarkable genre works, notably a pair of Flute Players (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Kassel, 1621), which in their subtle tonality - with dark figures placed against a light background - anticipated by a generation the achievement of painters of the Delft school such as Fabritius and Vermeer.

Although he was praised by Rubens, who visited Utrecht in 1627, Terbrugghen was neglected by 18th- and 19th-century collectors and historians. The rediscovery of his sensitive and poetic paintings has been part of the reappraisal of Caravaggesque art during the 20th century.


A Laughing Bravo with a Bass Viol and a Glass

Oil on canvas, 104,8 x 85,1 cm
Royal Collection, Windsor



Oil on canvas, 101 x 81 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris


The Concert

Oil on canvas, 102 x 83 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg


The Concert

Oil on canvas, 90 x 127 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome


Jacob Reproaching Laban

Oil on canvas, 123,5 x 157,5 cm
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne


Jacob Reproaching Laban

Oil on canvas
National Gallery, London


Lute Player

Oil on canvas, 100,5 x 78,7 cm
National Gallery, London


St Sebastian Tended by Irene and her Maid

Oil on canvas
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio


Woman Playing the Lute

Oil on canvas, 71 x 85 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

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