Oil on canvas
Gilded wood frame, model said to Cassetta (19th century)
Overall dimensions: 78 X 68 cm
This interesting portrait is to be classified in Nordic Caravaggesque works, and more precisely of the school of Gerrit van Honthorst, known as Gérard de la nuit (1590-1656).
It is mainly to his militant caravagism in the Netherlands that he owes his present reputation. Born in Utrecht, this painter-cartonnier son was first a student of Abraham Bloemaert before being a disciple of Caravaggio in Rome (probably between 1610 and 1620) where he received his nickname and where he left many caravaggesque works in the churches. Returning to Utrecht in 1620, he soon had students and became a member of the guild of Saint-Luc in 1622, thus attesting to his growing reputation.
His nocturnal luminism, so close to Caravaggio, does not exclude the influence of Bassano, nor the Manfredian reminiscences in Dutch-inspired subjects.
Very good state of conservation.