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Gerard Van Honthorst
Dutch 1592 – 1656


Dutch Baroque Painter of Caravaggesque Lighting

Gerard van Honthorst, also known as Gerrit van Honthorst, was a prominent figure in the Dutch Golden Age of painting, celebrated for his masterful depiction of artificially lit scenes. Born in Utrecht on November 4, 1592, Honthorst developed a unique style that earned him the nickname “Gherardo delle Notti” (Gerard of the nights) due to his exceptional skill in rendering night scenes illuminated by candlelight.

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