Emanuel de Witte

A Sermon in the Old Church in Delft

c. 1650-1651
The church interior depicted here is the Oude Kerk (Old Church) of Delft. While the focus is on the family listening to the sermon, of equal importance are the geometric patterns of the architecture and the play of light and shadow. The use of a trompe-l'oeil arched wooden frame and curtain on a rod creates the illusion of a painting within a painting. It was a common practice to hang a curtain in front of valued pictures, to protect them from dust or to minimize the fading of pigments.
Title
A Sermon in the Old Church in Delft
Date
c. 1650-1651
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on oak
Dimensions
73.2 x 59.5 cm
Nationality
Dutch
Credit line
Purchased 1983 with the assistance of a grant from the Government of Canada under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act
Accession number
28182