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Interior of a Church, ca. 1665

  • oil paint, panel
  • 49.8 x 41.4 cm
  • Inv. 1907-G

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After the arrival of Calvinism, church buildings were opened up to the supporters of the ‘new religion’. Sculptures, paintings and other Roman Catholic interior elements were removed. Nothing must detract from the study of the Bible. In this painting, the faithful have gathered around the pulpit and are listening to the preacher. A diamond-shaped sign of mourning can be seen overhead. Such signs were erected after the death of a prominent person as a sign of remembrance. The church interior is not a realistic representation, but a mixture of components borrowed from a variety of existing churches, complemented with fantasy elements.


Emanuel de Witte RKD Wikidata
Alkmaar 1617 - Amsterdam 1692
painters (artists)AAT

Title Interior of a Church
Date ca. 1665
Period 17th century
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1907-G
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300124520 interior views AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11P2 the Christian Churches Iconclass
11P25 Protestant Churches and denominations Iconclass
11P3 organization, functionaries and dignitaries in churches and in related institutions Iconclass
11Q713 interior of church Iconclass
11Q7131 parts of church interior Iconclass
11Q71311 church-window, e.g. rose-window Iconclass
11Q7145 liturgical furniture, etc. Iconclass
11Q71454 pulpit, ambo, chancel Iconclass
11Q722 the congregation Iconclass
11Q7221 people in church, walking, talking, etc. Iconclass
11Q733 preaching (in general) Iconclass
31D11221 boy (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
31D11222 girl (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
31D130 Maidenhood Iconclass
34B11 dog Iconclass
41A38 balcony Iconclass
41B311 chandelier, candelabrum Iconclass
42E38 signs, symbols and motifs in funerary art Iconclass
School / Style Baroque AAT
Museum van Schoone Kunsten : Catalogus ; Oude Meesters, Schilderstukken, teekeningen, plaatsneden (met geschiedkundig overzicht) / Maurice Dupuis, Georges Charles Nicolas Marie Hulin de Loo, Fritz Van Loo. - Gent : Drukkerij F. De Vos, 1938 ; Gent : Stad Gent, 1938 (p. 139)
Guide du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, Orné de 52 reproductions de tableaux : Extrait du guide illustré de Gand / Jos. Casier. - Gand : Anc. Maison d'édition Vanderpoorten, 1949 (p. 25)
Nachtrage / Manke. - [s.l.] : [s.n.], [s.a.] (jg. 30, p. 389)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 166-167 (ill.))
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : De collectie (tentoonstelling vanaf 21 maart 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2021
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand : La Collection (exposition dès le 21 mars 2021) / Johan De Smet, Bart Ooghe, Frederica Van Dam, Lieven Van Den Abeele, Cathérine Verleysen. - Gand : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Gand, 2021
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