HOOGSTRATEN, Samuel van
(b. 1627, Dordrecht, d. 1678, Dordrecht)
View of a Corridor1662
Oil on canvas, 260 x 140 cm
National Trust, Dyrham Park
Hoogstraten had a keen interest in problems of perspective and illusionism. He made peep-boxes and large trompe l'oeil decorations for homes. Carel Fabritius, as well as other artists of his generation, shared these interests.
In this picture, imaginary lines drawn along the pavement tiles receding to the background seem to meet on the inside of the fireplace, at top right. This one-point perspective construction creates a convincing sequence of rooms.