80. 'The Interior of the Grote Kerk at Haarlem' - Pieter Saenredam
WHERE CAN I SEE IT? National Gallery
I LIKE IT See also 'The Laughing Cavalier'
The whitewashed, gothic-columned interior of this church is ambitiously conveyed in all its topographical intricacy by Dutch architectural painter Pieter Saenredam. Perhaps reflecting on a new era of Lutheran austerity, his church is portrayed as an eerily empty space, with the painter subtly and skilfully altering the perspective to conjure greater spaciousness and luminosity. Londoners shoud consider themselves lucky that this Haarlem interior hasn't become a gallery globetrotter.