In his paintings, Gerard Houckgeest chose a perspective

In his paintings, Gerard Houckgeest chose a perspective

8/30/2021, 1:02:20 PM
In his paintings, Gerard Houckgeest chose a perspective construction with two vanishing points: one on the left-hand edge of the painting and one on the right in the picture. After he introduced his own approach to representing actual church interiors in his panel now in Hamburg, he explored the spaces of the Nieuwe Kerk and Oude Kerk for similar views. In all his paintings of Delft churches a colonnade is aligned diagonally with the picture plane and the architecture recedes to both sides. The effect is naturalistic and to some extent illusionistic. He employed this so-called diagonal perspective in nearly all his works. Houckgeest made various 'portraits' of the interior of the New Church in Delft, all of which include depictions of the tomb of Willem I of Orange, known as William the Silent. The present painting of the Nieuwe Kerk, or New Church, in the city of Delft is a real perspectival feat. We are standing in the choir aisle, behind the tomb of William of Orange. We have a wide field of vision: on the left is the nave of the church and on the right the curve of the ambulatory. In order to depict this, Houckgeest uses the complex perspectival construction, ‘diagonal perspective’, which he obviously found it difficult, as the black and white tiles on the right are slightly distorted. The painting is signed in monogram and dated lower right, on the nearest column base: GH 16(51) Ambulatory of the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft with the Tomb of William the Silent, 1651 by Gerard Houckgeest. 🏛️: Mauritshuis #arteesamor #historyofart #arthistory #arte #masterpiece #dutch #newchurch #church #interior #tomb #churchinterior #beautiful #details #perspective #mauritshuis #ancientart #delft #beauty #sublime #architecture #ancientarchitecture #architecturedetails #artgallery #artlovers

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