INTERIOR OF THE NEW CHURCH IN HAARLEM
Painter: Pieter Saenredam (Assendelft (Zaanstad) 1597 - Haarlem 1665)
Official title: Interior of the Nieuwe Kerk in Haarlem
Original: Oil paint on panel, 93 x 65,5 cm, wxh
About the painting Interior of the New Church in Haarlem
In this painting, Saenredam depicts the Nieuwe or St. Anna's Church in Haarlem (built in 1646-49). The church had been designed by Pieter Saenredam's friend, the architect Jacob van Campen (known among other things as the architect of the town hall - today's palace - on Dam Square in Amsterdam). In May 1650, two years before this painting was completed, the church was already in use. With a square floor plan, the church was built on the basis of a Greek cross. Its four arms are roofed with wooden barrel vaults.
The human figures walking around are painted much smaller in relation to reality. Saenredam probably did this to emphasise the monumentality of the architecture. The two round pillars in the middle at the back, to the left and right of the entrance, were never executed and only existed in Van Campen's design.
About Pieter Saenredam
Pieter Saenredam was a painter, printmaker and draughtsman. He specialised in difficult to construct, perspectival church scenes. The tranquillity and geometric clarity he brought to his work make his paintings easily recognisable. Pieter used line perspective for the pillars, arches and floor tiles. Pieter's most frequently painted church is the Grote or St. Bavokerk in Haarlem, where he is also buried.
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