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

Interior of the St Jacob Church in Utrecht

Oil on wood, 55,2 x 43,4 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

The painters who depicted churches were the most part merely accurate illustrators: only one of them, Pieter Saenredam, expressed in his pictures the intimidating nakedness of these Protestant churches, with their complete lack of images and ornamentation.