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Robert Gwelo Goodman, Interior of the Groote Kerk, Cape Town
1916; Oil on canvas, 29½ in. x 24½ in.

Though the painting is just a hundred years old, Gwelo Goodman depicted the scene as if in the late seventeenth century — when the Groote Kerk was first built.

While the body of the church was replaced in the 1840s, the elders of this most senior Nederduits Gereformeerde gemeente wisely kept the stunning baroque pulpit, the work of the Cape’s greatest sculptor Anton Anreith.

This post was published on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 10:10 am. It has been categorised under Art and been tagged under , , , , , .
Gousset van Heel
14 Jan 2016 8:13 pm

Kudos for introducing many of us to a beguiling artist.
The Dutch themselves were adepts too at this sort of historicism, Cornelis Springer’s 1882 view of the Herengracht’s Gouden Bocht being a conspicuous example.
Why not show it also to your readers?
But i forgot – your unaccountable refusal to write about the Netherlands won’t allow it.

Andrew Cusack
14 Jan 2016 11:26 pm

Hahahaha I can keenly sense your bitterness. Do you know I am hoping to head back there next month? Not to Holland, though, but to Limburg.

I will try and get my impressions of Amsterdam out soon — though I realise I told you the same months ago.

Gousset van Heel
15 Jan 2016 10:02 pm

Maastricht I hope? Two magnificent churches and a famous and still largely intact fortification – named after its creator General Dumoulin, of a noble Huguenot family which produced no less than five generals for the armies of Holland and Prussia, one of whom, son of the man mentioned above, was Commandant of another great fortification (Luxemburg) for much of the first half of the nineteenth century.
But don’t go next month – wait until March and the Maastricht arts fair, the greatest in the world.

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