The Nave and Choir of the Mariakerk in Utrecht, Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, 1641

The Nave and Choir of the Mariakerk in Utrecht, Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, 1641

oil on panel, h 121.5cm × w 95cm × d 7.3cm. More details

Saenredam recorded all of the architectural elements in this church, which dates from the 11th century. He even used gold leaf to render the painted imitation tapestries on the pillars. At the left, visitors study the image of a bull on a pillar: according to legend, while the church was being built this pillar continued to sink until it was grounded on a bull’s hide. Saenredam placed his signature among some children’s drawings scribbled on the pillar at the right.

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