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North Netherlandish
Born
Utrecht 1592-11-04
Houbraken 1718 already mentions that he was born in Utrecht in 1592.
Deceased
Utrecht 1656-04-27
buried in St. Catharine's Church/ Catharijnekerk, Utrecht. Houbraken 1718 wrongly stated that he was still working in Huis ten Bosch in 1662.
Family relationships
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son of the decorative painter Herman Gerritsz van Honthorst and Maria Willemsdr van der Halm; brother of the painters Herman and Willem van Honthorst; married Sophia Coopmans 21 October 1620 in Utrecht
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Gerard was the director and artistic leader of the business cooperation of the brothers; Willem was the production chief who did much of the daily coordination in the workshop with its many assistants (R. Ekkart, 'Dutch family ties: painter families in seventeenth-century Holland', in: Family Ties. Art Production and Kinship Patterns in the Early Modern Low Countries, Turnhout 2012, p. 77-84, esp. p. 77-78).
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Biographical information
Active in
  • Utrecht
  • Rome 1610 - 1620
    He left for Italy at some point between 1610 and 1615. While Gianni Papi and Liesbeth Helmus have argued that Honthorst arrived in Rome around 1610-12 or 1613 (Papi 2015, p. 38 ff.; Helmus 2018-2019, p. 53), it seems more likely that his Roman career started around 1615 (Van der Sman 2016A, p. 105-106). He received commissions from Vincenzo Giustiniani, Scipione Borghese and Cardinal Barberini, the later pope Urban VIII. Also sold his works to art dealers (Saur 2012).
  • Via Appia (Rome)
    went to see the Via Appia with Hans and Paul Bril (Saur 2012)
  • Rome 1620-04-09
    Written evidence firmly places Honthorst’s return trip between 9 April 1620, when the painter received a payment in Rome for the Nativity commissioned by Piero Guicciardini, and 29 July of the same year, when a party was organized to celebrate his return in Utrecht. No documents have yet been found that record his stay in Florence.
  • Florence
    Honthorst’s stay in Florence is not documented, but it is highly likely that he seized the opportunity to meet his Florentine patron Piero Guicciardini or some his family members after the altarpiece of the Adoration of the Shepherds had been sent from Rome to Florence.
  • Utrecht 1620-07 - 1628
    On 29 July 1620 his return in Utrecht was celebrated. He married 21 October 1620 with Sophia Coopmans in Utrecht. In 1622 he became member of St. Luke's Guild, of which he became dean in 1625.
  • Londen (Engeland) 1628-05 - 1628-12
    received an assignment from Charles I for the decoration of the interior of 'Banqueting House' of 'Whitehall' in London; worked there in situ
  • Den Haag 1637 - 1651
    member of St. Luke's Guild in The Hague in 1637; worked alternately in The Hague and Utrecht
  • Utrecht 1652 - 1656
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genre, history (as a genre), mythology, portrait, Christian religious scene
Medium/technique
oil paint
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Caravaggisti
Creation date: 1992-02-07; Last modified date: 2020-10-28

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