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Interior of the Mariakerk in Utrecht

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Interior of the Mariakerk in Utrecht Dated 1636

Not on display

The drawing was made in July 1636 as part of a series of the church that Saenredam began in June of that year and extended to January 1637. Four and a half years later Saenredam painted the same view - a picture now in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. There are interesting differences between the drawing and painting with the former stressing the Romanesque features while the latter highlights the Gothic additions to the church. Typical for Saenredam's drawings is that he always indicated the vanishing-point, here seen on the last pillar on the right. Saenredam has deliberately distorted the dimensions of the architecture to increase the sense of monumental grandeur and scale. The Mariakerk was demolished in the nineteenth century.

Glossary Open


The art and architectural style that dominated Western Europe during the medieval period. Its buildings are characterised by pointed arches, strong vertical lines and elaborate window structures. The style was widely revived in the 19th century.

Romanesque art

The art of Western Europe from the 10th to the 12th centuries. The term is usually associated with architecture of the period with its use of the rounded arch.

Gothic, Romanesque art


  • Acc. No. RSA 525
  • Medium Pen, brown ink heightened with a little white over black chalk on pale buff paper
  • Size 39.80 x 29.80 cm
  • Credit David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy on loan 1974