During this winter, it is all about Caravaggisti in Utrecht - a group of painters from Utrecht who traveled to Rome and there underwent the influence of the art of Caravaggio. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (called Caravaggio) was a staggering painter under more than one aspect. He and his successors Bartolomeo Manfredi and Jusepe de Ribera, called Lo Spagnoletto, influenced many painters in Italy who adapted Caravaggio's style and developed it further. Three of these young painters from Utrecht in Rome were Hendrick ter Brugghen, Dirck van Baburen and Gerard (Gerrit) van Honthorst.
After these three artists returned to Utrecht, this city and the Netherlands, too, got to know the often dramatic chiaroscuro painting of Caravaggio and his surroundings. The style that now is called caravaggism even had its impact on artists who never traveled to Rome and Italy, like Abraham Bloemaert and Rembrandt van Rijn.
Until March 24th, 2019, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht presents an important special exhibition on painting of the caravaggisti in Europe and Utrecht - a welcome occasion for Kukullus to offer a guided city walk in Utrecht as a supplement to this show.