Interior of the Sint-Odulphuskerk in Assendelft, Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, 1649

Interior of the Sint-Odulphuskerk in Assendelft, Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, 1649

oil on panel, h 49.6cm × w 75cm More details

Bright, clear light fills this church, in which – as it happens – a sermon is being preached from the pulpit. Saenredam created a sense of space with his consistent use of perspective, in which all the orthogonal lines converge at the same point. This church was special to the painter: not only was he born in Assendelft, but the gravestone of his father, Jan Saenredam, bearing an inscription, can be seen in the right foreground.

On display in Philips wing, room 1.1 Visit via the Highlights 1600-1650 tour

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