HEYDEN, Jan van der
(b. 1637, Gorinchem, d. 1712, Amsterdam)

The Oude Kerk on the Oude Delft in Delft (detail)

Oil on panel, 45 x 57 cm
Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo

The Oude Kerk (Old Church) was not an "old church" when Van der Heyden painted his view. The first stone church on the site went back to the early 1200s, but the Oude Kerk as it has been known in later centuries was built in campaigns of about 1390-1410 (the choir and the side chapels), about 1425-40 (the expansion of the nave), and about 1510-22 (the Mariakoor, or Mary's Choir, and the transept).