The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
The 17th century was a fertile time for much of European art, but it
was especially so for Dutch painting. Ironically, the distinctive features
of much of the Dutch painting produced during this Golden Age are obscured
by the very lushness of the environment. Not so the school of Utrecht, however.
Early in the century, several of its painters spent considerable time in Italy,
where they were imbued with the spirit of Italian Renaissance art, with the
developing Mannerism, and in the case of the Utrecht artists, with the brilliant
work of the ill-fated Caravaggio (JAMA cover, September 8, 1989). One of
the earliest and most influential of the Utrecht group was Hendrick Ter Brugghen
(1588-1629). Ter Brugghen was born most likely in The Hague, where his father
was a civil servant in the political and military administration. Despite
some shadowy beginnings (Ter Brugghen's father was the illegitimate son of
a Roman Catholic priest), the family was well-connected.
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