Gerard van Honthorst

1592 - 1656

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Gerard van Honthorst (Dutch: Gerrit van Honthorst; 4 November 1592 – 27 April 1656) was a Dutch Golden Age painter who became known for his depiction of artificially lit scenes, eventually receiving the nickname Gherardo delle Notti ("Gerard of the Nights"). Early in his career he visited Rome, where he had great success painting in a style influenced by Caravaggio. Following his return to the Netherlands he became a leading portrait painter. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gerard van Honthorst has received more than 315,077 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Gerard van Honthorst is the 231st most popular painter (down from 215th in 2019), the 90th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 77th in 2019) and the 18th most popular Dutch Painter.

Gerard van Honthorst is most famous for his painting, "The Concert," which was created in 1623. The painting depicts a group of people listening to music, and the viewer's attention is drawn to the woman in the center who is playing the harpsichord.

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Among painters, Gerard van Honthorst ranks 231 out of 2,023Before him are Lucas van Leyden, Joshua Reynolds, Ferdinand Hodler, Charles-François Daubigny, Agostino Carracci, and Peder Severin Krøyer. After him are Lorenzo Lotto, Nicholas Roerich, Lorenzo di Credi, Jacopo Bellini, Jacques Callot, and Angela Hitler.

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Among people born in 1592, Gerard van Honthorst ranks 6Before him are John Amos Comenius, Shah Jahan, Hong Taiji, Pierre Gassendi, and Wilhelm Schickard. After him are Jacques Callot, George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, Gustav Horn, Count of Pori, Catalina de Erauso, Peter Snayers, and Saib Tabrizi. Among people deceased in 1656, Gerard van Honthorst ranks 2Before him is John IV of Portugal. After him are James Ussher, Jan van Goyen, John George I, Elector of Saxony, Ottavio Piccolomini, Francisco Herrera the Elder, Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano, Andrea Falconieri, Dirck Hals, Thomas Fincke, and Laurent de La Hyre.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Gerard van Honthorst ranks 90 out of 1,646Before him are Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612), Willebrord Snellius (1580), Jan Oort (1900), Lucas van Leyden (1494), Cornelis Drebbel (1572), and Gerard Kuiper (1905). After him are Martinus J. G. Veltman (1931), Sophia of Hanover (1630), William IV, Prince of Orange (1711), Menno Simons (1496), Isabelle de Charrière (1740), and Geert Wilders (1963).

Among PAINTERS In Netherlands

Among painters born in Netherlands, Gerard van Honthorst ranks 18Before him are Pieter de Hooch (1629), Dieric Bouts (1415), Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836), Petrus Christus (1410), Saskia van Uylenburgh (1612), and Lucas van Leyden (1494). After him are Gerard ter Borch (1617), Gabriël Metsu (1629), Carel Fabritius (1622), Kees van Dongen (1877), Jan van Goyen (1596), and Hendrick Avercamp (1585).