The Interior of a Gothic Church looking East

The building has not been identified. A christening party enters from the right, while behind them a priest celebrates Mass in a side chapel. In the main aisle mourners sit around a cafalque in front of the screen. The paintings hanging in the church show the Adoration of the Magi and the Raising of Lazarus.

The architecture was painted by Steenwyck, but the figures are probably by Jan Brueghel the Elder (see Steenwyck's other painting of the same title 'The Interior of a Gothic Church Looking East', where comparable figures are depicted). The name Hans Goyvaerts, which is on the back of the copper support, may have been that of the Antwerp art dealer from whom Brueghel bought the picture before adding the figures.

Key facts

Artist dates
active by 1604; died 1649; 1568 - 1625
Full title
The Interior of a Gothic Church looking East
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on copper
36.7 x 55 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
On loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum
Inventory number
Location in Gallery