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PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK ESTATE

Dirck van Delen
AN IMAGINARY CHURCH INTERIOR WITH A STAIRCASE, AN ORGAN, A TOMB, AND ELEGANT FIGURES, WITH A DOG IN THE FOREGROUND
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 137,500 USD
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PROPERTY OF A NEW YORK ESTATE

Dirck van Delen
AN IMAGINARY CHURCH INTERIOR WITH A STAIRCASE, AN ORGAN, A TOMB, AND ELEGANT FIGURES, WITH A DOG IN THE FOREGROUND
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 137,500 USD
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Dirck van Delen
HEUSDEN CIRCA 1605 - 1671 ARNEMUIDEN
AN IMAGINARY CHURCH INTERIOR WITH A STAIRCASE, AN ORGAN, A TOMB, AND ELEGANT FIGURES, WITH A DOG IN THE FOREGROUND
signed and dated lower right: Dirck van Delen 1629.
oil on panel
15 5/8  by 23 3/4  in.; 39.7 by 60.3 cm.
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Provenance

Charles Brunner, Paris, 1919;
With Richard Green;
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 14 January 1988, lot 93;
There acquired by the late owner.

Literature

B.G. Maillet, Intérieurs d'Églises 1580-1720, La Peinture Architecturale des Écoles du Nord, Wijnegem 2012, p. 232, cat. no. M.-0325, reproduced.

Catalogue Note

Dated 1629, this splendid panel is an early work by Dirck van Delen, one of the most important Dutch Golden Age artists to specialize in architectural subjects, in particular palaces and church interiors.  Although the identity of his teacher remains unclear, the influence of artists such as Pieter Neefs, active a generation earlier, and Hans and Paul Vredeman de Vries, the Dutch father and son who worked at the court of Rudolf II in Prague, on van Delen's art is indubitable.  Unlike his contemporary Pieter Saenredam, who was renown for his naturalistic paintings of existing buildings, van Delen specialized in imaginary architectural scenes that freely reinterpreted known interiors and emphasized dramatic spatial recession.  His works are recognized for their refined details, vivid palettes, impressive and convincing use of perspective, as well as an overall feeling of monumentality, all of which are found within the present painting.  

In this painting, we look from a low point into the spacious interior of a magnificent church.  A shadowed foreground opens onto a light-flooded and soaring space whose archways and columns pull the eye into the depths of the composition to the to the towering windows beyond.  The ornate golden organ that rises above a stone figure between the columns of the staircase at left is balanced on the right by an impressive tomb, adorned with sculpture, elaborate marble stone, and and coats of arms, suggesting the entombed is of impressive or historical lineage.  Contributing the the lively impression of the rest of the interior are the myriad of figures that move throughout the space.  In addition to the two figures on left the stairway, the elegant group gathered in the central foreground, the two peasants near the tomb, and the single white dog, a group processes in a line from left to right across the composition and a number of religious female clergy are gathered in prayer in front of an empty pulpit in the distance.   

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