Hendrick Cornelisz. van Vliet
- Hendrick Cornelisz. van Vliet
- Interior of the Oude Kerk at Delft
- signed and dated at the back of the pew lower right: H. Van Vliet/An. 1662
- oil on canvas
- 37 3/8 by 33 1/2 in.; 95 by 85 cm.
With Bernard Houthakker, Amsterdam, by 1953;
By whom sold to George Encil, The Bahamas, 1962;
By whom sold ("Property of Mr G.E of The Bahamas"), London, Sotheby's London, 12 December 1990, lot 66;
There purschased by the present collector.
Tokyo, The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Vermeer and the Delft Style, 2 August - 14 December 2008.
W.A. Liedtke, Architectural Painting in Delft, Doornspijk 1982, pp. 59, 66-67, 105, appendix II, cat. no. 29, reproduced fig. 55;
E. Reznicek, in Experience and Adventures of a Collector, Paris 1989, pp. 134-135;
W.A. Liedtke, in Vermeer and the Delft School, exhibition catalogue, New York 2001, p. 418, under cat. no.84;
B.G. Maillet, Intérieurs d'Églises 1580-1720, La Peinture Architecturale des Écoles du Nord, Wijnegem 2012, p. 418, cat. no. M-1446, reproduced.
Van Vliet painted a pendant to this picture depicting a similar view of the central aisle of the Nieuwe Kerk, Delft (Gilbert collection, St. Petersburg, Florida, fig.1), which was included in the exhibition Vermeer and the Delft School at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (see Literature). As in the present painting, it also includes a portion of the organ loft at top. Walter Liedtke thinks it likely that Van Vliet painted these two works for a particular client. The artist is not known to have painted any other pendants, which are very rare in this genre, and his effort to depict such comprehensive views is not found in his earlier work. The pendants were engraved for Johannes de Ram’s and Coenraet Decker’s Illustrated Map of Delft, 1678, and were incorporated into Dirck van Bleyswijck’s expanded Beschryvinge der Stadt Delft, 1680, (fig. 2).
1. See W. Liedtke, op.cit., 2001, p. 416.