The interior of the Old Church in Amsterdam during the service, Emanuel de Witte

The interior of the Old Church in Amsterdam during the service, Emanuel de Witte
The interior of the Old Church in Amsterdam during the service, Emanuel de Witte - 1

  • Posted by Emanuel de Witte
  • Museum: National Gallery (London)
  • Year: Around 1660

Description of the picture :

The interior of the Old Church in Amsterdam during the service is Emanuel de Witte. Around 1660. Oil on canvas. 79.1 x63.1
   Emanuel de Witte (1616 / 1617-1692) is a Dutch artist, master of interior and household genres.

   The National Gallery stores two paintings by Witte – both depict the Old Church in Amsterdam. The premises of the temple are presented on them from different points of view. The painter, as a result of many years of artistic experience in a relatively narrow specialization, has achieved extraordinary skill in transferring the perspective of a large cathedral space. Moreover, he equally succeeded both images of real churches and artistic fantasies on the topics of their interiors. In fairness, it should be noted that in the second half of his life, after 1650, the master turned to the image of secular interiors, the experience was positive. Thus, the paintings of Witte, although limited to a narrow theme, are within its extraordinary artistic value. The audience feels himself inside the cathedral, involved in the traditional life of the Dutch, witnessing their daily affairs and habits. The social aspect also attracts attention, the space is divided into two parts: a sermon takes place in the back, only men on it, women and children communicate in the near world. It seems like this is a continuation of the street, even dogs are present here (they can always be seen in the church interiors of the master).