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(b Amersfoort, nr. Utrecht, c.1600; d ?Sicily, c.1650). Dutch painter, active mainly in Italy. In scholarly writings he is often called Matthias Stomer, but ‘Stom’ is the form that occurs in contemporary documents and on his only signed and dated picture, St Isidore Agricola (1641, Chiesa degli Agostiniani, Caccamo, Sicily). The details of his life are obscure, but he was one of the most prolific and committed of Caravaggesque artists, working in the master's idiom long after it had gone out of fashion in most places.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)