The painting is an accurate view of the nave and north aisle of the Oude Kerk taken from near the south entrance to the church. At the top of the central window is the coat of arms of the city of Amsterdam: three white crosses of Saint Andrew on black ground flanked by red bands. The congregation sits around the pulpit which is attached to one of the columns in the centre of the nave, listening to a sermon.

In accordance with Calvinist doctrine the interior of the church is white-washed and does not contain any religious imagery.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1615/17 - 1691/2
Full title
The Interior of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, during a Sermon
Date made
about 1660
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
51.1 x 56.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Miss Sarah Solly, 1879
Inventory number
NG1053
Location in Gallery