WITTE, Emanuel de
(b. 1617, Alkmaar, d. 1692, Amsterdam)

The Old Fish Market on the Dam, Amsterdam

c. 1650
Oil on panel, 55 x 45 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Within the genre of scenes of everyday life, Emanuel de Witte specialized in the description of public places, such as churches and markets. He uses a warm palette in a range of earthy-grey and brown tones and deploys interesting contrasts of light and shade.