Teodoer van Baburen is a Dutch painter of religious works, history pieces and genre scenes.
1595 – Van Baburen was born in Utrecht.
1612 – Traveled to Rome, where his style became strongly influenced by the work of the Italian painter Caravaggio, whose dramatic contrasts between light and dark he found particularly fascinating.
1620 – Returned to Utrecht, where he shared a studio with Hendrick Ter Brugghen,
1622 – Baburen was especially fond of genre scenes (subjects from everyday life), such as his best-known work, The Procuress. This picture is seen in the background of two paintings by Vermeer, whose mother-in-law apparently owned it.
1624 – Van Baburen died 21st of February in Utrecht.
Mostly he painted religious subjects, Baburen also created scenes of ordinary life on occasion.
His Procuress of 1622 was admired a lot, fifty years later that the great Dutch master, Vermeer, included it in the background of several of his portraits and pictures.