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  • Protestant Gothic Church

    Artist:
    Witte, Emanuel de, c. 1614-1692
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    80x66 cm

Witte, Emanuel de, c. 1614-1692

Protestant Gothic Church

Holland, Circa 1670

De Witte created his best church interiors in Amsterdam, where this Dutch master of architectural painting spent the last 40 years of his life. He tended to avoid the precise fixation of a particular architectural ensemble and here he combined the Amsterdam Nieuwe and Oude (New and Old) churches in this typical view of a representative, generalised church interior. Beneath the vast Gothic vaults the Protestant parishioners are listening to a sermon. Deep in shadow, the seated figures before the pulpit seem to melt into a single mass. A stream of pure sunlight falls through the simple glazing of the windows, creating a disturbing play of bright dappled areas and gloomy shadow, which some seems to make the architectural forms more massive and tense. Colour is used to emphasize this heightened emotion: the overall sandy-yellow tone with pinkish nuances sets of the majestically resonant black of the wings of the open organ.

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Protestant Gothic Church

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oil

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80x66 cm

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Transferred in 1924 to the Hermitage from the Gatchina Palace where it had been since 1770; formerly in the Francois Tronchin collection in Geneva

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-803

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