(1578 - 1661)
Pieter (The Elder) Neeffs was active/lived in Belgium, Flemish. Pieter Neeffs is known for architectural interior painting, drawing.
Biography from the Archives of askART
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
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It has been suggested that Pieter was born just after his elder
brothers, who were born in 1576 and 1577 in Antwerp, where the family
lived. Pieter was probably taught by Hendrick van Steenwijk the elder or
younger; the latter's influence is evident in his work. The earliest
record of Pieter Neefs is a signed and dated painting of the Interior of a Gothic Church
(1605; Dresden, Gemäldegallerie, Alte Meister). In 1609-10 Pieter was
enrolled as a master in the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp, and on 30 April
1612 he married Maria Lauterbeens (d 1655-6), with whom he had five
children. In 1636 he painted an Interior of St Paul's, Antwerp (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum). His paintings have a delicate tonality with a softness in the transitions between light and shade.
Neeffs is represented in the following collections: The Hermitage,
St. Petersburg; National Gallery, London; Wallace Collection, London;
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon;
Kunsthistorisches Museum; Vienna; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston;
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford;
Bowes Museum, County Durham; Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, amongst
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