NEEFFS, Flemish family of painters

All three members of the family, Peeter Neefs the Elder and his sons Ludovicus Neefs and Peeter Neefs the Younger, specialized in paintings of architectural interiors. Their most frequent subject was the interior of Antwerp Cathedral; the details of sculpture, altars and paintings vary in accuracy, and sometimes the subject seems to be very freely interpreted. The Neefs also liked to depict the effects of artificial illumination in crypt-like spaces. Iconographic and stylistic similarities make the works of Peeter the Elder and Peeter the Younger often difficult to distinguish. It is also possible that works attributed to them are, in fact, by Ludovicus, the least-known member of the family.

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