Gerard van Honthorst (1592-1656) was a painter during the Dutch Golden Age and a member of the Utrecht School.
Gerard van Honthorst Summary:
- He is the son of artisan painter Abraham Bloemart and trained under him.
- Honthorst moved to Italy where his leading patrons were noblemen.
- His style and scenes are similar to that of Italian painter Caravaggio as seen in his use of chiaroscuro in his tavern and religious scenes.
- Following his return to the Netherlands, he became dean at the Utrecht Guild of St. Luke in 1625-1626.
- He painted for the court of Charles I in England.