The Interior of a Gothic Church with Elegant Company
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Pieter Neeffs The Elder ( Antwerp 1578 - Antwerp 1661 )
Pieter Neeffs was a painter and draughtsman and one of a Flemish family of artists. The family specialized in paintings of architectural interiors. Their most frequent subject was the interior of Antwerp Cathedral; the details of sculpture, altars and paintings vary in accuracy, and sometimes the subject seems to be very freely interpreted. The Neefs also liked to depict the effects of artificial illumination in crypt-like spaces (in the manner of Hendrick van Steenwijck the younger).