We are the Reckless, We are the Wild Youth: Decadence and Debauchery in the Art of the Utrecht Caravaggisti
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Bachelor of Arts
Art and Art History
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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.
Frazier, Katie Brooke, "We are the Reckless, We are the Wild Youth: Decadence and Debauchery in the Art of the Utrecht Caravaggisti" (2015). Student Research Submissions. 14.