Interior of the Oude Kerk, Delft

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1680

Artist:

Emanuel de Witte
Dutch, c. 1617–1691/2

About this artwork

Having been stripped of their images and whitewashed by Protestant reformers in the 16th century, Holland’s large Gothic churches offered an excellent subject for the exploration of light, shade, and volume. Emanuel de Witte was one of a small group of painters who specialized in church interiors. Before he moved to Amsterdam in about 1652, he worked in Delft, a city whose artists were particularly fascinated by light and perspective. In this late painting, somewhat loosely based on one of the chief churches of Delft, the angles of the nave and transept converge on the preacher high in his pulpit; an organ and genealogical panels memorializing the dead provide the only decoration.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 213

Artist

Emanuel de Witte

Title

Interior of the Oude Kerk, Delft

Origin

Holland

Date

1675–1685

Medium

Oil on panel

Inscriptions

Illegible traces of signature and date at lower right below dog.

Dimensions

24 3/8 × 19 5/16 in. (62 × 49.2 cm)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1941.1038

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