Interior of the Oude Kerk in Delft, Gerard Houckgeest, 1654

Interior of the Oude Kerk in Delft, Gerard Houckgeest, 1654

oil on panel, h 49cm × w 41cm. More details

Gerrit Houckgeest specialized in church interiors and the use of perspective. With great attention to detail, he has here captured how the sunlight, pouring through the stained-glass windows, casts coloured dots on the column in the middle. The painted green curtain is a witty illusionistic device, imitating the 17th-century custom of protecting paintings from light and dust with a curtain.

On display in room 2.27

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