Interior of a Church

The church interior has not been identified. The painting was previously attributed to Pieter Neeffs the Elder, whose name, together with the date 1644, is inscribed on the wall tablet above the tomb on the right. However, the signature is false and the picture differs in style from Neeffs. It is possible that the date is genuine.

Van Bassen, who was active in Delft and The Hague, was arguably the most important architectural painter in the northern Netherlands during the early 17th century. He painted mostly imaginary church and palace interiors.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1613; died 1652
Full title
Interior of a Church
Date made
possibly 1644
Medium and support
Oil on oak
68.5 x 98.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by (Sir) Henry H. Howorth, 1875
Inventory number
Location in Gallery