In the 16th and 17th centuries it was usual for young Dutch and Flemish painters to complete their artistic education by travelling to Italy, often settling in Rome where there was a large community of Northern artists.
Many of those who went in the first years of the 17th century saw the work of Caravaggio and his Italian followers and were profoundly influenced by his new manner of painting, particularly its realism and drama.
This talk will focus on Gerrit van Honthorst, Hendrick ter Brugghen, and Dirck van Baburen – who all returned to Utrecht and were indebted to Caravaggio, though worked in very different styles – and Matthias Stom, who stayed in Italy and made his career there, working in a highly individual manner in Naples and Sicily.
Christopher Brown CBE is a curator and academic. He was director of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford from 1998 to 2014 and Chief Curator at the National Gallery from 1989 to 1998.
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