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During his twelve-year career, the Utrecht painter Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588-1629) embedded northern archaic content into works otherwise remarkable for their aspirations to contemporaneity and cosmopolitanism. Although ter Brugghen's archaism has been long noted, its study has been arrested at its diagnosis. My dissertation considers these elements as having an interpretive as well as a formal impact. Ter Brugghen's secular oeuvre is sizable, but archaism occurs uniquely in his religious works. This specificity of application not only connects these major works to the complex religious climate of Utrecht, well known for its confessional diversity after 1581, but also sheds light on broad questions of the function and form of devotional images in art after the Reformation.


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National Gallery of Art. (2005). Center 25: Record of Activities and Research Reports June 2004-May 2005.

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