NICKELEN, Isaak van
(b. ca. 1632, Haarlem, d. 1703, Haarlem)

Interior of Saint Bavo's Church in Haarlem

Oil on canvas, mounted on oak panel, 37 x 44 cm
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

All known and dated church interiors by Van Nickelen depict Saint Bavo's. The present small-sized painting shows the church as seen from the northern aisle, looking south-east, affording us a glimpse into the nave and the southern aisle.

In this painting the artist combines influences of Pieter Jansz Saenredam and Hendrick van Vliet. Some of the figures are borrowed from Van Vliet, while the placing of the vanishing point near the edge and the colour scheme were inspired by Saenredam.

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