The Interior of St. Bavo, Haarlem

Object Details

Title:

The Interior of St. Bavo, Haarlem

Artist/Maker(s):

Pieter Jansz. Saenredam (Dutch, 1597 - 1665)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

1628

Medium:

Oil on panel

Dimensions:

38.7 x 47.6 cm (15 1/4 x 18 3/4 in.)

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Light fills the interior of the Church of Saint Bavo in Haarlem, one of the finest Gothic buildings still in existence today. Although Pieter Jansz. Saenredam based his work on careful on-the-spot studies, the painting combines two distinct views, one looking straight ahead and the other toward the chancel on the left. He even added an altarpiece and a stained glass window, which would probably already have been removed from the church by Saenredam's time. By the 1600s, Protestant churches in Holland had become relatively austere in response to the teachings of theologian John Calvin.

The overall impression is one of strong verticality, soaring space, and penetrating light, a spiritual reference to the heavens above. The inclusion of small figures accentuate the viewer's experience of exalted interior space. Saenredam described architectural elements in great detail: vaulted ceilings, moldings, decorative capitals, clustered pillars, and clerestory windows.

Provenance
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 Juliette (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.

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 51, to D. A. Hoogendijk Gallery.]

1951 -

D. A. Hoogendijk Gallery (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

by 1953 - 1963

J. C. H. Heldring (Oosterbeek, The Netherlands) [sold, Heldring sale, Sotheby's, London, March 27, 1963, lot 17, to Edward Speelman, Ltd.]

1963 -

Edward Speelman, Ltd. (London, England)

by 1971 -

Harold Samuel, 1912 - 1987 (Wych Cross Place, Sussex, England), sold to Edward Speelman, by 1985.

by 1985

Edward Speelman, Ltd. (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985.

Exhibitions
17e eeuwse meesters uit Gelders bezit (1953)
  • Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, (The Hague), 1953, (Cat. 57)
Nederlandse Architectuurschilders 1600 - 1900 (1953)
  • Centraal Museum, (Utrecht), 1953, (Cat. not in catalogue)
Holländer des 17. Jahrhunderts (November 4 to December 20, 1953)
  • Kunsthaus Zürich, (Zurich), November 4 to December 20, 1953, (Cat. 186)
Mostra di pittura olandese de seicento (January 4 to April 25, 1954)
  • Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Comune di Roma, (Rome), January 4 to February 14, 1954, (Cat. 136/139)
  • Palazzo Reale (Milano), February 25 to April 25, 1954, (Cat. 136/139)
Kunstschatten uit Nederlandse verzamelingen (June 19 to September 25, 1955)
  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, (Rotterdam), June 19 to September 25, 1955, (Cat. 113)
Collectie J. C. H. Heldring (April 6 to June 1, 1958)
  • Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, (The Hague), April 6 to June 1, 1958, (Cat. 27)
Collectie J. C. H. Heldring, te Oosterbeek (May 24 to June 24, 1960)
  • Centraal Museum, (Utrecht), May 24 to June 24, 1960, (Cat. 32)
Pieter Jansz. Saenredam (September 3 to December 3, 1961)
  • Centraal Museum, (Utrecht), September 3 to December 3, 1961, (Cat. 55)
The Sacred Spaces of Pieter Saenredam (April 16 to July 7, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 16 to July 7, 2002, (Cat. Included in Getty venue, but not in catalog.)
Saenredam: La fachada occidental de la iglesia de Santa María de Utrecht (November 11, 2008 to February 15, 2009)
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, (Madrid), November 11, 2008 to February 15, 2009, (Cat. 2)
Bibliography

Plietzsch, Eduard. Holländische und flämische Maler des XVII. Jahrh. (Leipzig: Veb E. A. Seemann Verlag, 1960), p. 119, fig. 201.

Hoving, Thomas. "Money and Masterpieces." Connoisseur 216, no. 899 (December 1986), p. 94-95, ill.

"Acquisitions/1985." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 14 (1986), p. 217, no. 122.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Masterpieces of Painting in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Rev. ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988), unpaginated, no. 21, ill.

Koch-Hillebrecht, Manfred. Museen in den USA: Gemälde (Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 1992), p. 277.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 115, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 117, ill.

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