SAENREDAM, Pieter Jansz
(b. 1597, Assendelft, d. 1665, Haarlem)

Interior of the Sint-Bavokerk at Haarlem

Oil on wood, 41 x 37 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Saenredam was a Dutch painter of churches and town halls, working at Haarlem. He was a painstaking worker, correcting the perspective of his site plans with elaborate construction drawings, which he would transfer to panel. This gives his paintings an air of complete reliability despite their departure from reality. He had an independent income amd produced only about 50 paintings in 35 years. His works are now among the most highly valued Dutch museum pieces from the seventeenth century.

The picture shows a view of the great church of Haarlem, which Saenredam frequently painted, and where he is buried.