The Peter's Church (Pieterskerk) in Leiden revisited
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Size and scale of Architecture
So, the comparison shows that the artist fairly accurately captured the actual measurements of the building interior components, but how about the size of the people?
Did Van Vliet have the skills to create a painting with everything accurate to size and scale? Absolutely. He first was a skilled portrait painter for some 20 years and then turned to painting interior views of actual churches. He obviously made the people smaller to create a more grandiose impression of the church.
Affluent people could be buried in the church. It was a costly affair. 200 Guilders (US $12,000 in today's money) was not unusual. For that you had a grave and they would toll the church bells for 2 hours and hang your family crest (mourning plaque) on a pillar near the grave for a certain amount of time. Read more about church burials here.
Restoration of the Church
Click here for a brief history of the church.
Read 3 other reports, by docents, on the Pieterskerk painting (including the link to the Pilgrims and our Thanksgiving dinner) here.
Disclaimer: read here
Willem van Osnabrugge
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