Hendrick ter Brugghen
Dutch, 1588-1629
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Collected by a major museum
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Hendrick ter Brugghen was a painter and draftsman who could expertly manipulate chiaroscuro to achieve emotional and dramatic effects. Ter Brugghen began training at the age of 13 at the atelier of Abraham Bloemaert, and then in the studio of Gerrit van Honthorst. Caravaggio, however, was ter Brugghen’s greatest and most lasting influence. In fact, ter Brugghen and van Honthorst became the leaders of the artist group Caravaggisti, so called for their admiration of the Baroque master. Ter Brugghen also painted many subjects popularly associated with Caravaggio, including religious subjects, narratives, and genre scenes. He became best known for his depictions of musicians and his ability to enliven their images. Ter Brugghen was widely respected by his peers; Peter Paul Rubens once said his work was “above that of all the other Utrecht artists.”

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