Artist

Theodoor Rombouts

Year
Antwerp ca. 1597 - 1637
Price range
0 – 1,000,000 USD
Theodoor Rombouts is the primary Flemish exponent of Caravaggesque painting and his work parallels that of his northern contemporaries from Utrecht.

Rombouts was born in Antwerp and trained with the more classical artist Abraham Jansens (1567–1632) before leaving for Rome in 1616. He is documented there until 1625. He may also have worked for Cosimo II de’Medici in Florence. During his stay in Italy, Rombouts produced a series of lively dramatic scenes indebted to the work of Bartolomeo Manfredi (1582–1622), often depicting Card Players, Fortune Tellers and Musicians in the Roman Caravaggesque manner. His best-known works show horizontal groups, though he also produced single figures of musicians and bravos drinking, possibly intended as allegories of the senses.

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Top 3 auction prices

59,375 $
2011
77,841 $
2020
299,729 $
1900
Books on Theodoor Rombouts

Benedict Nicolson, The International Caravaggesque Movement: lists of pictures by Caravaggio and his followers throughout Europe from 1590 to 1650, Oxford, 1979.

Christine Braet, Theodoor Rombouts (1597-1637): Ein Monographie, Diss. lic. kunstgeschiedenis en oudheidkunde, RU Gent, 1987.

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

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