Interior of a Church

Emanuel de Witte1668

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Emanuel de Witte specialized in paintings of church interiors and excelled at suggesting space. An eighteenth-century biographer remarked that De Witte was inclined to ‘brag about his geometry’. It is therefore surprising that he seldom applied the rules of central perspective. Initially, De Witte painted colourful church interiors with striking colours. In the 1660s he tempered his palette. This painting, dating from 1668, is one of the best examples of this new period in De Witte's development. The eye-catching colour accent in the foreground is missing and the clear, cool light has changed into a warm and restrained colouring. De Witte manipulated the interior of the church in this painting in an ingenious way. The heavy wooden pillars of the St. Bavo in Haarlem are combined here with the wooden roofing of the Old Church in Amsterdam. The small organ against the northern side aisle is also from there. It will be clear that the church interior cannot claim to be a true representation.

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  • Title: Interior of a Church
  • Date Created: 1668
  • Theme: Church Interior
  • Physical Dimensions: w1115 x h985 cm (Without frame)
  • Painter: Emanuel de Witte
  • Original Title: Interieur van een kerk
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  • Artist Information: Around the 1640s, Emanuel de Witte became a pupil of the Delft-based still life artist Evert van Aelst. In 1652 he moved to Amsterdam. From 1641, De Witte initially painted Biblical and mythological scenes. But from 1650, he specialised in church interiors and the occasional market scene.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchase with the support of: friends of art and bequest J.P. van der Schilden 1927, http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • External Link: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Medium: Oil on canvas