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Interior Of Antwerp Cathedral Lively With Characters. School Of Pieter II Neefs (1620-1675)

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"Interior Of Antwerp Cathedral Lively With Characters. School Of Pieter II Neefs (1620-1675)"
Flanders, 17th century period. Oil on oak panel (one board) Flemish style frame in molded black wood. Total dimensions: 44 x 52 cm. The panel alone: 26 x 35 cm Pieter Neefs II, known as the Younger, born in Antwerp in 1620 and died around 1675, was a Flemish Baroque painter, like his father, specializing in architectural views of church interiors. Painting of church interiors appeared in Flanders around 1570 with Hendrick van Steenwick the Elder. This new genre takes its roots in the creations of the imaginary perspectives of Hans Vredeman de Vries (1527-1606) and developed throughout the 17th century. Many Flemish and then Dutch painters specialized in this genre, the popularity of which spread throughout Europe, particularly in France. Our “particularly clear” painting is a representative example of this practice and represents the interior of Antwerp Cathedral animated with figures. The composition focuses on a meticulous rendering of the decor and details; tombstones, characters in colorful costumes, as well as a small dog. For the sake of monumentalization, the painter increases the height in relation to the width, by stretching the length of the columns and arches. He arranges the lines of the tiles longitudinally, to increase the feeling of infinite distance and minimizes the size of the figures to give even more scale to the building. The contrast between the shadows of the foreground and the light parts of the distance leads the viewer's eye towards a symbolic space bathed in an almost supernatural light. Antwerp Cathedral has lost its character as a place of meditation and silence, and seems to be an integral part of the daily life of parishioners from all walks of life, it is a meeting place! Very good condition! Sold with a certificate

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