Emanuel de Witte, 1615-1691/92
Interior of the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam, 1657
Oil on canvas, 87.6 x 102.9 cm
(34-1/2 x 40-1/2 in.)
Emanuel de Witte was the most important painter of church interiors in the second half of the seventeenth century. He began specializing in the subject after 1650, when an interest developed in such interiors as viable subjects in themselves rather than for their specific religious imagery.