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  • Interior of a Church

    Artist:
    Ehrenberg, Wilhelm Schubert van. 1630-ок. 1676
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    104,5x116,5 cm

Ehrenberg, Wilhelm Schubert van. 1630-ок. 1676

Interior of a Church

Flanders, 1665

This artist depicted the interiors of Italian churches several times in his paintings, although he had never been to Italy. He created his fantasy views on the basis of engraved sources, from which he also borrowed individual architectural elements (prints by Giovanni Battista Falda (1643-1670), for example). The Interior View of a Church in the State Hermitage is among the works of this kind. The architectural structure in it (in particular the mighty piers supporting the arches) and decorative elements on the walls anticipate details of The Interior of St Peter's in Rome (Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent) that the artist painted later, in 1671. The latter work reproduces fairly accurately the interior appearance of the basilica, including the celebrated Baroque canopy (1624-33), created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. In the Hermitage canvas that structure is almost unrecognizable and appears in the form of a pseudo-Classical rotunda. It is possible that more precise sources for the depiction of St Peter's became available to the artist after he had produced the work now in the Hermitage.

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Interior of a Church

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oil

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104,5x116,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1920; formerly in the Gatchina Palace collection

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ГЭ-1441

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