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Interior of the Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam

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De Witte was one of several Dutch artists who developed a new style of architectural painting characterized by strong contrasts of light and dark, a vivid portrayal of human activity within churches, and the occasional alteration of architectural features to suit the composition. While the...

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Inscription

Lower right: E De Witte / A 1677

Provenance

August 8-9, 1804, anonymous sale, Philippe van der Schley, Amsterdam, lot 223 [see note 1]. Before 1948, possibly in a Boston collection [see note 2]. By 1948, Rosenthal Brothers, Boston; 1949, sold by Rosenthal Brothers to the MFA for $500. (Accession Date: January 13, 1949) NOTES: [1] According to Ilse Manke, "Emanuel de Witte, 1617-1692" (Amsterdam, 1963), p. 98, cat. no. 87. [2] According to notes in the curatorial file, Alfred Lowe (senior restorer at the MFA between 1930 and 1955) recalled that before it was acquired, the picture had been relined at the MFA, probably by him, and that Rosenthal had not owned it at that time.

Credit Line

M. Theresa B. Hopkins Fund

1677

Dimensions

127.6 x 116.9 cm (50 1/4 x 46 in.)

Accession Number

49.7

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings