Interior of a Church

Interior of a Church 1668

Emanuel de Witte

Room 30

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About this artwork

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.

About the creator

Emanuel de Witte

Alkmaar 1617 - Amsterdam 1692

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.

Object details

material and technique: oil on canvas
kind of object: painting
creditline: Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with the support of: kunstvrienden / friends of art en legaat / and bequest J.P. van der Schilden 1927
inventory number: 1993 (OK)