The church has not been identified, and may be an invention of the artist. Candles are being lit on the altar and a service (probably Benediction if it is evening) is about to begin. The painting on the high altar is of the Holy Family. Such architectural interiors were much admired in the 17th century.

This is a a variant of the left half of 'An Evening Service in a Church' by Pieter Neeffs and Bonaventura Peeters. The figures are by a different hand, perhaps in the style of Pieter Snayers (1582 - 1667). The costumes indicate a date in the early 1640s. In the 18th and 19th centuries this painting was attributed to Hendrick van Steenwyck.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1605 - 1656/61
Full title
View of a Chapel at Evening
Date made
about 1640-5
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
28.6 x 21.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Henry Callcott Brunning, 1907
Inventory number
NG2207
Location in Gallery