Gerard Houckgeest The Tomb of William the Silent in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft
On view in Room 16
In the Nieuwe Kerk, or New Church, in the city of Delft, some visitors are looking at the tomb of William of Orange, the Father of the Fatherland. Our view of the monument is obstructed by the large white column bearing seventeenth-century graffiti.
Houckgeest was an important innovator of the Dutch church interior. He was the first artist to depict spaces using a diagonal perspective, rather than in their length or breadth, thus giving the scene a more accidental, natural effect.
Gerard Houckgeest (The Hague 1600 - 1661 Bergen op Zoom)
The Tomb of William the Silent in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft
On view in
Material and technical details
56 x 38 cm
Signed and dated
lower centre, on the base of the column: GH 1651 GH in ligature
P.H. Gelijs, Antwerp; Willem Lormier, The Hague, 1757-1763; Pieter Leendert de Neufville, Amsterdam, 1764; Prince William V, The Hague, 1764-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822