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Interior of the Oude Kerk, Delft, ca. 1640

Artist: Hendrik Cornelisz van Vliet, Dutch, ca. 1611 - 1675

Medium: Oil on panel

Painting: 12 3/8 × 9 7/8 in. (31.4 × 25.1 cm)
Frame: 20 1/2 × 18 1/4 × 1 1/2 in. (52.1 × 46.4 × 3.8 cm)

Credit Line: Gift of Thomas Morgan Roberts in memory of his parents Emily Allen Roberts and James Thomas Roberts

Object Number: 2012.26.4

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Unknown gallery, (purchased in the trade); Johnny Van Haeften, Ltd., London, 1981; Thomas Morgan Roberts, Washington D.C., 2012
Hendrick van Vliet was one of several Dutch artists during the 1600s who specialized in painting church interiors. Such scenes were popular in Holland as reminders of the Protestant Reformation (begun ca. 1515). This movement, which saw many European Christians break away from Roman Catholicism, experienced great support in the Dutch Republic. Van Vliet shows the Oude Kerk or Old Church in the city of Delft after the Protestants had whitewashed over Catholic images of Saints and the Virgin Mary, and replaced the original stained glass windows with simple, clear panes.