Sunday, 26 February 2012

Pieter Neeffs the Elder and Interior of a Gothic Church

'Interior of a Gothic Church' (1649) by Pieter Neeffs I; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

I had some problems with finding a painter and painting for today. But now I'm quite satisfied with the Flemish Baroque painter Pieter Neeffs I (the Elder), born in 1578 and died on 26 February 1660. Wikipedia doesn't give any exact dates for birth and death but I found them on Safran-Arts. Pieter Neeffs was one of the most important architectural painters of the first half of the 17th century and was specialised in interiors of churches and cathedrals, mainly the Antwerp cathedral. I like his nocturnal church paintings where beautiful artificial light illuminates the interior.

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