Interior of an Imaginary Catholic Church

Emanuel de Witte1668


Den Haag, Netherlands

De Witte painted several atmospheric church interiors, all of which are imaginary. Here, he shows a Gothic church, with tall, narrow pointed arches. The light is shining on some figures in the foreground, while the rest of the church is shrouded in darkness.


  • Title: Interior of an Imaginary Catholic Church
  • Creator: Witte, Emanuel de
  • Date Created: 1668
  • Physical Dimensions: h110 cm x w85 cm
  • Provenance: Huybert Ketelaar, Amsterdam, 1776; V.L. Vegelin van Claerbergen, Leeuwarden, 1846; F. Rasponi, Brussels, 1880; purchased, 1883
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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