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The Haarlem painter Saenredam specialised in Dutch church interiors. He based his paintings on precise drawings that he made on site. In several different towns, he visited impressive old churches, such as the Gothic St Cunera Church in Rhenen.

There is a sense of great tranquillity in the space. This is created by Saenredam’s clear way of working, the even lighting and the well-balanced composition.

Details

  • Title: The Interior of the Cunerakerk in Rhenen
  • Creator: Saenredam, Pieter
  • Date Created: 1655
  • Physical Dimensions: h50 cm x w68.8 cm
  • Provenance: Carl von Aretin, Schloss Haidenburg, Munich, 1887 (sale Munich, Maurer, 15 November 1887, lot 118, to Ferdinandeum); Ferdinandeum Museum, Innsbruck, 1887-1938 (inv. no. GEM 679; cat. 1928, no. 679); exchanged for a portrait of Anna of Hungary by Hans Lamer at St Lucas Gallery, Vienna, 1938; sale Vienna, Dorotheum, 8-9 November 1938; Walter Feilchenfeldt Gallery/Cassirer Gallery, Zürich; for 63,000 guilders purchased with the support of the Rembrandt Association, 1951
  • Type: painting; oil
  • Medium: panel

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