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Interior of a Church

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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
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 111,5 cm
Height 98,5 cm
Artists Painter: Emanuel de Witte
Accession number 1993 (OK)
Credits Purchased with the support of friends of art. From the estate of J.P. van der Schilden, 1927
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1927
Creation date in 1668
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Research Show research Alma
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...

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