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The Interior of the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam
Emanuel de Witte

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 Emanuel de Witte
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 Room 16
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