(b. ca. 1600, The Hague, d. 1661, Delft)

Interior of the Oude Kerk, Delft, with the Pulpit of 1548

Oil on panel, 49 x 41 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

In this scene set around the pulpit in the Oude Kerks's nave, Houckgeest departs from his main interest in the works of 1650-51 which are concerned with the Delft churches themselves and their most important tomb monuments. Here the principal points of interest include the casual encounter of a man and woman in the foreground, the illusionistic curtain and wood frame; the picturesque sunlight streaming through crystalline air; the coral colour of the column bases, of the brick arches in the transept, and of figures in the stained-glass.

The painting is signed in monogram and dated centre bottom on the fictive frame, in foreshortening: GH 165(1).

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