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Artist: Pieter Jansz. Saenredam
[Dutch painter, 1597-1665]

Title: St Odulphus at Assendelft

Date: 1649
Medium: oil on panel
Dimensions: 20 x 30 inches (50 x 76 cm)
Location: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Image size: 1600 x 1060 pixels, 179 Kbytes
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Pieter Jansz. Saenredam: St Odulphus at Assendelft

Pieter Saenredam was well known for his many superb paintings of churches. Overall he seems to have been more interested in precisely rendering vast interior spaces and sweeping architectural elements than in reflecting on the subject of religion.

This painting is somewhat atypical in that there is a service actually going on. Saenredam was possibly inspired with greater emotion than usual because his father, the engraver Jan Saenredam, is buried in the St Odulphus church. In fact his tomb marker seen and clearly read (upside down) in the extreme foreground: "Iohannis Saenredam sculptoris celeberrimi"
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