Friday, August 19, 2011

Honthorst, Gerard van

Willem II (1626-50), prince of Orange, and his wife Maria Stuart (1631-60)
Oil on canvas
302 × 194.3 cm (118.9 × 76.5 in)
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Gerard van Honthorst (1590? – 1656) .
Dutch Golden Age painter from Utrecht.
Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia, sister of Charles I of England and Electress Palatine, being in exile in the Netherlands, commissioned him as painter and tutor to teach her children drawing.
His most attractive pieces are those in which he cultivates the style of Caravaggio, often tavern scenes with musicians, gamblers and people eating.
He had great skill at chiaroscuro, often painting scenes illuminated by a single candle.