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Peeter Neeffs II, the Younger

Antwerp 1620 -1675

Baptised in Antwerp on 23rd May 1620, he was the son and pupil of Neeffs the Elder (1578 - 1656). Little is known of this painter’s life. Together with his father and previously with Hendrik van Steenwyck, they are considered as the most eminent of the Flemish architectural painters of the 17th century. His paintings essentially depicted cathedrals and churches, the majority in Antwerp. The stylistic details which distinguish Pieter Neeffs the Younger are the interior’s semi-darkness, the monumental projection of the architectural forms, the metallic glints of light on the smooth surfaces of the pilasters, the scattered glimmers of light amid the surrounding shadows, and the violent lighting of the foreground which infuses life into the protagonists with sensational and dramatic intent. He collaborated with his father for many years, so it is extremely difficult to differentiate their paintings, sometimes resulting in incorrect attributions. Both signed with the same name and collaborated with other painters of the period in the figures in their paintings; in the case of Neeffs the Younger, with Frans Francken III (1607 - 1667), David Teniers II, the Younger (1610 - 1690), and Bonaventura Peters II (1614 - 1652). On the death of his father, the brothers Ludovicus and Pieter Neeffs II inherited the paternal studio. Pieter was active until 1675, the year in which his last signed painting appeared (Vaduz, Sammlung, Liechenstein).

Interior of a Gothic Church looking east

Interior of a Gothic Church looking east