Gerard Houckgeest Ambulatory of the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft, with the Tomb of William the Silent
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This painting of the Nieuwe Kerk, or New Church, in the city of Delft is a real perspectival feat. We are standing in the choir aisle, behind the tomb of William of Orange. We have a wide field of vision: on the left is the nave of the church and on the right the curve of the ambulatory. In order to depict this, Houckgeest used a complex perspectival construction, called ‘diagonal perspective’. He obviously found it difficult, as the black and white tiles on the right are slightly distorted.
Gerard Houckgeest (The Hague 1600 - 1661 Bergen op Zoom)
Ambulatory of the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft, with the Tomb of William the Silent
Materiale e dettagli tecnici
65.5 x 77.5 cm
Signed and dated
below, on the front column: GH. 1651 GH in ligature
Johan Anthony van Kinschot, Delft, until 1767; Prince William V, The Hague, 1767-1795; 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
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