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Bartholomeus van Bassen, Interior of St Cunerakerk, Rhenen

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Full title Interior of St Cunerakerk, Rhenen
Artist Bartholomeus van Bassen
Artist dates active 1613; died 1652
Date made 1638
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 61.1 × 80.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit Presented by F.A. White through the Art Fund, 1917.
Inventory number NG3164
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Interior of St Cunerakerk, Rhenen
Bartholomeus van Bassen

The church we are looking into here – the Cunerakerk – still towers above the small town of Rhenen in the Netherlands. Bartholomeus van Bassen was an expert in painting church interiors such as these, often adding inventive details, though he employed other artists to paint the figures.

The Cunerakerk was well known to medieval pilgrims as it held relics of the obscure but revered Saint Cunera. In the seventeenth century the church became the court chapel of the exiled Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, Frederick V, and his wife Elizabeth Stuart. Van Bassen, also a skilled architect, was asked to transform the adjoining convent of the Cunerakerk into a grand winter palace for the exiled royals.

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