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Dirck van Baburen

Utrecht 1592/93 - 1624
Price range
500,000 – 3,000,000 USD
Dirck van Baburen was a leading member of the Utrecht Caravaggisti, along with Hendrick ter Bruggen and Gerard van Honthorst. Fewer than forty autograph works are known by Baburen.

Characterized by his painterly style and exuberant broad brushstrokes, Dirck van Baburen was a leading member of the Utrecht Caravaggisti–a group of Utrecht artists who moved to Rome in the early seventeenth century, and upon their return, introduced the dramatic chiaroscuro and intense realism of Caravaggio to the North Netherlands. Until around 1620, the opulent mannerist paintings of Joachim Wtewael (1566–1638) and Abraham Bloemaert (1566–1651) prevailed in the predominantly Catholic city of Utrecht, while the progressive Italianate influence since the late sixteenth century had been primarily Venetian.

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Selected artworks

Top 3 auction prices

946,343 $
1,040,000 $
1,434,990 $


The sales are: Sotheby’s London – 4 Dec 2013 lot 18 (578,500 GBP), Sotheby’s New York – 29 Jan 2020 lot 46, Koller Auktionen AG – 23 Sept 2022 lot 03029 (1,408,300 CHF).
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Notable exhibitions

Utrecht, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Caravaggio and Europe, 15 December 2018 – 24 March 2019; travelled to Munich, Alte Pinakothek, 17 April – 21 July 2019. Curated by Liesbeth M. Helmus and Bernd Ebert.

Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Saints and Sinners, Darkness and Light: Caravaggio and his Dutch and Flemish Followers, 27 September – 13 December 1998; travelled to Dayton, Dayton Art Institute, 8 May – 18 July 1999. Curated by Dr. Dennis Weller.

Utrecht, Centraal Museum, Nieuw licht op de Gouden Eeuw: Hendrick ter Brugghen en tijdgenoten, 13 November 1986 – 12 January 1987. Curated by Albert Blankert and Leonard J. Slatkes.

Utrecht, Centraal Museum, Caravaggio en de Nederlanden, 15 June – 3 August 1952; travelled to Antwerp, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 10 August – 28 September 1952. Curated by J. G. van Gelder.


Books on Dirck van Baburen

Bernd Ebert and Liesbeth M. Helmus eds., Utrecht Caravaggio and Europe, exh. cat., Munich, 2018.

Leen Dekker, Dirck van Baburen, schilder van wereldfaam, exh. cat, Mura, 2017.

Wayne E. Franits, The Paintings of Dirck van Baburen, ca. 1592/93-1624: catalogue raisonné, Philadelphia2013.

Joaneath A Spicer and Lynn F. Orr eds., Masters of Light: Dutch painters in Utrecht during the Golden Age, exh. cat., New Haven, 1997.

Cornelis de Bie, Het Gulden Cabinet vande Edel Vry Schilder-Const, 1662, reprint, Antwerp, 1971.

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