The Estense Galleries in Modena present Ter Brugghen. From Holland to Italy in the Footsteps of Caravaggio, the first major Italian exhibition dedicated to the Dutch painter Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588 – 1629) that traces the artist’s extraordinary stay in our country, a stay that left an enduring mark on his painting. The discovery of Ter Brugghen’s Italian phase is a recent event. Although it was known that the painter had resided in Rome and Italy for at least six or seven years, between about 1607-1608 and 1614, studies had not explored this early period in depth, which instead, like all the experiences lived by Nordic painters in the papal capital, could be assumed to be crucial to his path.
Curated by Gianni Papi and Federico Fischetti, the exhibition will present the very important results of the most recent research on Ter Brugghen, bringing together all the works belonging to the artist”s Italian phase, which ranks him among the protagonists of the naturalistic movement initiated by Caravaggio and Ribera and the other participants in Michelangelo Merisi’s “school, namely Bartolomeo Manfredi, Cecco del Caravaggio and Spadarino.