Baburen, Dirck van (c. 1595?-1624). Dutch painter of religious works and genre scenes.
After training in Utrecht with Moreelse, he went (c. 1612) to Rome, where his style became strongly influenced by Caravaggio. He returned to the Netherlands in about 1621 and although he died only a few years after this he played a leading role, with Honthorst and Terbrugghen, in establishing Utrecht as a stronghold of the Caravaggesque style. His best-known work is The Procuress (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1622). This picture is seen in the background of two paintings by Vermeer, whose mother-in-law apparently owned it.
Photographs by Carol Gerten-Jackson.
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