Interior of the Church of St Anne in Haarlem, looking from west to east
Pieter Jansz Saenredam
Jacob van Campen, the architect of the Royal Palace on Dam Square in Amsterdam, designed the Dutch Baroque style New Church or St. Anne’s Church for Haarlem (built from 1646-49). Van Campen’s friend Pieter Saenredam devoted this painting to the church, as well as three other paintings and numerous drawings. The human figures in this bright, virtually undecorated Protestant space can also be attributed to him.
Saenredam’s painting is not an accurate depiction of reality. The round columns were indeed designed by Van Campen but some were not actually built. The interior of the church on the painting also gives the impression that it is larger than it really is. Saenredam specialized in these difficult to construct, perspective church views. The tranquillity and the geometric clarity of his depictions usually make his work easy to recognize.
- schilder: Pieter Jansz Saenredam
- Date of creation
- Object type
- easel paintings (paintings by form)
- Paintings from the Frans Hals Museum
- OS-I-304 (schilderij), Kunstwerken uit het Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
- for information contact: Frans Hals Museum