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Church in Flanders or The Mass
Oil on panel. 1618
Neefs, Pieter I
Church in Flanders or The Mass
Oil on panel. 1618
Neefs, Pieter I

In the seventeenth century, the chapels, naves and aisles of Catholic churches were filled with altarpieces donated by guilds and wealthy individuals. This meticulous depiction of the nave draws on elements from Antwerp cathedral but it is not an exact representation. To enliven the scene a figure painter added elegantly dressed visitors attending mass and giving money to the poor.

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