Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
Provenance: private collection
This painting is representative of the taste in architectural paintings at the time. This style, which was very prevalent in Antwerp, existed since the second half of...
1578 - Antwerp - after 1656
This Flemish architectural painter was very probably the pupil of Herman van Steenwijck. He joined the Antwerp Guild in 1609 and married Maria Lauterbeens in 1612. He then trained his own sons, Pieter II and Lauwery de Cates. Owing to his talent, he was asked to work with numerous other painters such as Sebastian Vranckx, Frans Francken II and David Teniers.
Besides their plastic interest, church interiors were considered the favourite medium to depict the infinite effects of light rays, which beamed out or reflected according to the details of a complex and rigorously logic architecture. Pieter Neefs portrays this notion of distance through a nuanced contrast between the first few planes, painted in brown, and the planes in the rear painted in delicate, bluish tints. The church is decorated with numerous altars with magnificent altarpieces arranged against the pillars in the lateral naves. His virtuosity proves that the painter was perfectly familiar with the effects of atmosphere; the slenderness of the columns, the quality of the light and shade effects, strikingly create the atmosphere of a gothic cathedral.