Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art and Art History

First Advisor

Och, Marjorie

Second Advisor

Garmon, Carole

Major or Concentration

Art History


Scenes of prostitution, gambling, drinking and vice personified in the art of the Utrecht Caravaggisti who were the Dutch followers of Caravaggio, featured the street subjects of the Italian Baroque master however these artists infused their work with moralizing content that appealed to a Dutch audience. The social and religious climate of the Netherlands in the 17th century allowed for a self indulgent and hedonistic art to be produced despite the fervent, god-fearing culture surrounding it. The art of the Utrecht Caravaggisti borrows the style and subject matter from Caravaggio however it draws upon the indigenous proverbs and moralizing literature of the Netherlands. The art of the Utrecht Caravaggisti appeals to and delights the viewer however it provides a cautionary message.