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|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Width 111,5 cm
Height 98,5 cm
Emanuel de Witte
|Accession number||1993 (OK)|
|Credits||Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with the support of: kunstvrienden / friends of art en legaat / and bequest J.P. van der Schilden 1927|
|Creation date||in 1668|
|Age artist||About 51 years old|
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
|Geographical origin||Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe|
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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...Bekijk het volledige profiel