Interior of the Laurenskerk at Rotterdam

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Interior of the Laurenskerk at Rotterdam


Anthonie De Lorme (Dutch, 1610 - 1673)

with figures attributed to Ludolf de Jongh (Dutch, 1616 - 1679)






Oil on canvas


64.1 x 48.9 cm (25 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.)

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Seen from behind, a man's arm curves possessively around the waist of his female companion. A refined woman dressed in fashionable seventeenth-century Dutch clothing walks down the aisle of the church with her greyhound in tow. In this interior scene, Anthonie de Lorme depicted the pulpit section of the middle nave of the Laurenskerk (Church of Saint Lawrence) in Rotterdam. Warm sunlight floods the church and illuminates the soaring beauty of the Gothic architecture. The clear, precise lines of the composition and the relative austerity of the setting were typical of Dutch Protestant church interiors after the Council of Trent. In effect from 1545 to 1563, the Council aimed to reform the excesses of art in the Roman Catholic Church.

The visitors seen here, dressed both in elegant clothes as well as peasant costumes, were probably painted by the Dutch artist Ludolf de Jongh, who was also active in Rotterdam at this time.

before 1910

Norman Forbes-Robertson, 1858 - 1932 (London, England)

by 1910 - 1911

Adolphe Schloss, 1842 - 1910 (Paris, France), by inheritance to his wife, Lucie Schloss, 1911.

1911 - 1939

Lucie (Haas) Schloss, 1858 - 1938 (Paris, France), by inheritance to her children, Lucien Schloss, Henri Schloss, Raymond Schloss, and Mrs. Prosper-Émile (Schloss) Weil, 1939.

1939 - 1943

Lucien Schloss, 1881 - 1962 (Chambon, France)

1939 - 1943

and Henri Schloss, 1882 - 1964 (Chambon, France)

1939 - 1943

and Raymond Schloss (Chambon, France)

1939 - 1943

and Juliette (Schloss) Weil, born 1885 (Chambon, France), looted by the Vichy Government of France, 1943.


In the possession of the Vichy Government of France (Chambon, France; Paris, France), sequestered by the French State Museums at the Musée du Louvre, 1943.

1943 - 1945

Musée du Louvre (Paris, France), restituted to the Adolphe Schloss Family, 1945.

1945 - 1951

Schloss Family (Paris, France) [sold, Schloss sale, Galerie Charpentier, Rheims & Baudoin, Paris, December 5, 1951, lot 34, to J. Paul Getty.]

1951 - 1976

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), upon his death, held in trust by the estate.

1976 - 1978

Estate of J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976, distributed to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978.

Loan Exhibition of Dutch Paintings G.[sic] Paul Getty Collection (1952)
  • Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, (Los Angeles), 1952
The Baroque (March to April 1966)
  • Pomona College Art Gallery, (Claremont), March 9 to April 1, 1966

Jantzen, Hans. Das Niederländische Architeckturbild (Leipzig: Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1910) pp. 77, 164.

Thieme, Ulrich, and Felix Becker. Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. Vol. 9 (Leipzig: E. A. Seemann, 1913) p. 32.

Hourticq, Louis. Histoire générale de l'art: Hollande (Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1932) p. 246, fig. 409.

Galerie Charpentier, Paris. Collection de feu M. Adolphe Schloss (deuxième vente): Tableaux anciens. December 5, 1951 lot 34, ill.

Valentiner, Wilhelm R., and Paul Wescher. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook (Los Angeles: n.p., 1954) p. 28, no. 8.

Valentiner, Wilhelm R., and Paul Wescher. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook. 2nd ed. (Los Angeles: n.p., 1956) p. 23, no.8.

Fredericksen, Burton B. A Handbook of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1965) p. 18.

Getty, J. Paul. The Joys of Collecting (New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1965) pp. 30, 120, 124, ill.

Jantzen, Hans. Das Niederländische Architekturbild, 2nd ed. (Braunschweig: Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1979) p. 77.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997) p. 34, ill.

Sotheby's, New York. Important Old Master Paintings. January 22, 2004 p. 82.