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Johannes Bosboom, The Interior of the Bakenesserkerk, Haarlem

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Full title The Interior of the Bakenesserkerk, Haarlem
Artist Johannes Bosboom
Artist dates 1817 - 1891
Date made probably 1870-5
Medium and support Oil on mahogany
Dimensions 24.7 × 34.1 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by J.C.J. Drucker, 1910
Inventory number NG2712
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Interior of the Bakenesserkerk, Haarlem
Johannes Bosboom

Johannes Bosboom is best known for his paintings of the interiors of churches, cloisters and synagogues, in which the figures often wear seventeenth-century costume. He made a number of sketches and paintings of this church, the Bakenesserkerk in Haarlem. This painting shows the south aisle and figures in seventeenth-century costume. Although the eye is initially drawn to the red cloak of the man on the left, the primary focus of the painting is the play of golden light through the windows and across the creamy stone and plaster walls of the church. A service appears to be underway on the right, where women in white coifs sit in pews and listen to a cleric preaching from a pulpit.

This picture is similar to a larger one (Amsterdam Museum, Fodor Collection) which is thought to have been painted by Bosboom in about 1860. The National Gallery’s picture is more broadly painted, and therefore probably dates to about 1870–5. It is signed at bottom left.

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