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Attributed to Neeffs, Peeter, the elder (Flemish painter, born ca.1578, died 1656-1661) , Interior of a Church

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Title Interior of a Church
Collection Astley Hall Museum & Art Gallery, Chorley
Artist Attributed to Neeffs, Peeter, the elder (Flemish painter, born ca.1578, died 1656-1661)
Date Earliest about 1605
Date Latest 1675
Description The Neeffs family of painters and their studio produced many similar depictions of church interiors, making the separate contributions of father and sons hard to distinguish. The figures in these works were usually painted by other artists, including Gonzalez Coques, Jan Breughel, David Teniers and Bonaventura Peeters the Elder. All three members of the family, Pieter Neeffs the Elder, and his sons, Ludovicus and Pieter the younger, specialised in paintings of architectural interiors. Their most frequent subject was the interior of Antwerp Cathedral, though the details of sculpture, altars and paintings vary in accuracy.
Current Accession Number CHOAH:1922:12
Subject interior (church)
Measurements 72 x 66 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by R. A. Tatton 1922.
Notes Iconographic and stylistic similarities make the works of Pieter the elder and Pieter the younger very difficult to distinguish. On a few occasions the father signed his works DEN AUDEN NEEFS. Generally speaking, those works dated before c.1640 (when Pieter the Younger would have become involved in the workshop) are superior in quality. Pieter Neeffs, the elder, was probably taught by either Hendrick van Steenwijk the elder or younger; the latter's influence being most evident in his work. The earliest record of his work is a signed and dated painting Interior of a Gothic Church (1605; Dresden, Gemaldegal. Alte Meister). His paintings have a delicate tonality with a softness in the transitions between light and shade. In 1609-10 he was enrolled as a master in the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp, but his sons were never enrolled as such. By 1640 Pieter Neeffs the younger was collaborating with his father and he continued to paint until 1675, some fifteen years after his fathers death. Artist notes from Frans Baudouin Neeffs Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press, 1 March 2006, http://www.groveart.com/.
Rights Owner Astley Hall Museum & Art Gallery
Author Lisa Howard



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