Hendrick ter Brugghen

North Netherlandish
Utrecht (city) 1588
not born in Deventer, but probably in Utrecht or The Hague. Utrecht would seem more likely, since he is mentioned as coming from Utrecht in the register of the marriage banns; however, his family lived in The Hague from April 1589 until after 1602 (Bok/Kobayashi 1985, p. 7-9). Houbraken states that he was born in Deventer in 1588, based on a published notification by Richard ter Brugghen; however, Houbraken also states that Ter Brugghen's father fled from Overijssel in 1581 and settled in Utrecht. Sandrart and De Bie previously published that Ter Brugghen was born in 1587 in Utrecht.
Utrecht (city) 1629-11-01
probably died of the plague. Houbraken mentions that he died suddenly in his 42nd year, on all saints’ day (Houbraken 1718, p. 134).
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son of Jan Egbertsz ter Brugghen (1561-1626) and Feijsgen Dircx; married to Jacomyna Verbeeck (died 1634) in Utrecht, 15 October 1616. Their son Richard ter Brugghen (1619-1710) became a laywer. Richard ter Brugghen donated the series of the four evangelists of 1621 to the city of Deventer in 1707 (De Bie 1709, p. 274, Houbraken 1718, p. 135; RKDimages 229763). Houbraken writes that he learned this from a printed extract of the Resolutions of the city of Deventer of 5 August 1707. Hofstede de Groot could not find a printed Resolution, but published an extract of the Liber Resolutionum civitatis Daventriae 1704-1708 (XXIII) of 4 August 1707, which he received from the city archivist (Hofstede de Groot 1893A, p. 439). Richard ter Brugghen also published a letter by Adriaen van der Werff of April 5th 1707, in which he states that Hendrick ter Brugghen was a great painter (Ter Brugghen/Van der Werff 1707, also included in Kramm 1862, appendix, p. 147). See also M.J. Bok in Blankert/Slatkes 1986, p. 73, note 57.
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Period of activity
1616 - 1629
earliest dated painting 'The penitent St. Peter' in the Centraal Museum, Utrecht, is from 1616
Active in
  • Den Haag (stad) 1602
    until at least 1602 in The Hague (Bok/Kobayashi 1985)
  • Rome 1608 - 1614
    His Italian sojourn started in the summer of 1607 and arrived in 1607 or 1608 (Bok/Kobayashi 1985).
  • Napels
    possibly visited Naples; A long-standing tradition has it that Hendrick ter Brugghen painted 'a large piece placed above the high altar in the Great Church' (De Bie 1709, p. 273; Houbraken 1718, p. 134). However, no trace of such a painting is found (Fokker 1931).
  • Milaan 1614
    Hendrick ter Brugghen and his traveling companion, Thyman van Galen, were in Milan in the summer of 1614 (Bok/Kobayashi 1985). Travelled back to Utrecht with Michiel van den Sande and François van Knibbergen.
  • Gotthardpas (Zwitserland) 1614
    in the late summer of 1614
  • Utrecht (stad) 1614-10 - 1619
    arrived in Utrecht around 1 October 1614; member of the guild since 1616; when he married in 1616 his home address was given as the Korte Lauwerstraat; married to Jacoba Verbeeck, a daughter from the first marriage of his brother’s wife (Bok/Kobayashi 1985)
  • 1619 - 1621
    possibly again in Italy in this period (not documented)
  • Utrecht (stad) 1621 - 1629
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allegory, figure, genre, history (genre), mythology, Christian religious scene
oil paint
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