Hendrick ter Brugghen: 10 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

The Repentant Peter (1616) by Hendrick ter BrugghenCentraal Museum

'Although the signature and date are original, the attribution of this painting to Ter Brugghen is not generally accepted.'

Christ Crowned with Thorns (1620) by Hendrick ter BrugghenSMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

'The Utrecht Caravaggists Hendrick Ter Brugghen spent his formative years in Rome where the painter Caravaggio (1571-1610) became the main influence. Upon his return Ter Brugghen became the prime mover of a new school, the Utrecht Caravaggists, whose trademark style was an insistent naturalism combined with a high-contrast vein of painting known as clair obscur (light-dark).'

The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine (ca.1618-20) by Hendrick ter BrugghenChrysler Museum of Art

'Ter Brugghen did not, however, adopt Caravaggio's Baroque high drama. As always in his art, the mood here is hushed and contemplative.'

Calling of Saint Matthew (circa 1620) by Hendrick ter BrugghenMuMa - Musée d'art moderne André Malraux

'Painted in 1621, another Calling of Saint Matthew, at the museum in Utrecht, shows the rapid evolution of ter Brugghen's work towards a stronger and yet more personal Caravaggism, with a monumental and elaborate style that justifies the admiration he received from his contemporaries, Rubens in particular, and his position as leader of the Utrecht Caravaggisti.'

The calling of Saint Matthew (1621) by Hendrick ter BrugghenCentraal Museum

'Ter Brugghen adopted Caravaggio's choice for the most dramatic moment of the story, as well as his arrangement of the figures around a table.'

The singing lute player (1624) by Hendrick ter BrugghenThe Kremer Collection

'Hendrick ter Brugghen is today considered the most important exponent of the Utrecht followers of Caravaggio.'

A Man playing a Lute (1624) by Hendrick ter BrugghenThe National Gallery, London

'Ter Brugghen was in Rome for about ten years from 1604, where he studied the work of Caravaggio and his followers.'

The Merry Drinker (1625) by Hendrick ter BrugghenCentraal Museum

'Ter Brugghen borrowed the idea of painting this earthy character with bad teeth from Bartolomeo Manfredi.'

The Rich Man and the Poor Lazarus (1625) by Hendrick ter BrugghenCentraal Museum

'The rich man and the poor Lazarus is one of the major historical pieces that Ter Brugghen painted in his last years in Utrecht.'

Bacchante with an Ape (Main View)The J. Paul Getty Museum

'While visiting Rome from about 1604 to 1614, Hendrick ter Brugghen saw the famous Bacchus by Caravaggio from which this classical painting of Bacchus's female follower derives.'

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