Artist: Emanuel de Witte (Dutch, Alkmaar ca. 1616–1692 Amsterdam)
Date: probably 1650
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: 19 x 13 5/8 in. (48.3 x 34.6 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace, Virgilia and Walter C. Klein, The Walter C. Klein Foundation, Edwin Weisl Jr., and Frank E. Richardson Gifts, and Bequest of Theodore Rousseau and Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, by exchange, 2001
Accession Number: 2001.403
De Witte's earliest architectural views, like this one, borrow compositional ideas from his fellow Delft artist Gerard Houckgeest (ca. 1600–1661) but treat the Gothic church interior less in terms of solid forms than of space, light, and mood. In stressing these intangible qualities De Witte suggests a spiritual environment and also anticipates the optical approach of Johannes Vermeer.