Dirck van Baburen Biography
Dirck van Baburen was a Utrecht painter of history pieces and genre scenes. Around 1612, after studying with Paulus Moreelse, he left for Italy, where he stayed until about 1620. Patrons in Rome commissioned him to decorate the San Pietro in Montorio chapel. He carried out this commission together with his friend and colleague, David de Haen. Van Baburen's work is strongly inspired by the work of the Italian painter Caravaggio, whose dramatic contrasts between light and dark he found particularly fascinating. Once back in Holland, he continued to paint in Caravaggio's style, in close cooperation with Hendrick ter Brugghen. Van Baburen died in 1624.