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  • Interior of a Gothic Church

    Artist:
    Steenwyck, Hendrick van II, circa 1580-before 1649
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    94x125 cm

Steenwyck, Hendrick van II, circa 1580-before 1649

Interior of a Gothic Church

Flanders, 1610

The famous Flemish artist Hendrik van Steenwijk the Younger enthusiastically depicted church interiors by both day and night. The Hermitage painting presents a two-part composition: on the right is the central nave of the cathedral, immersed in semi-darkness, while on the left is a brightly lit side-chapel where vespers is being celebrated. The altar is adorned by a triptych, the central part of which is an Adoration. The left-hand panel, bearing a depiction of the donor, is half-open; the right-hand one cannot be seen. The light from burning candles and a torch snatch out of the darkness the figures of parishioners of various classes hurrying to the service and also individual architectural details of the interior - organ pipes, the checkerboard floor and the ribs of the chapel vault.

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Interior of a Gothic Church

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oil

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94x125 cm

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Transferred in 1922 to the Hermitage from the Academy of Fine Arts; entered the Academy of Fine Arts from the Polotsk Jesuit Museum in 1831

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ГЭ-4360

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