Loeb Danish Ardt Collection - page 187

[

the shape it was given in the

’s. The large build-
ing on the left is part of the three-winged sepulchral
chapel from the second half of the

th century.
With its location in the densely built medieval city
just opposite Copenhagen University, there is not
much free space around the church buildings and
the surrounding walls such as the one seen at the
bottom of the picture. The complex has been pre-
served to the present day and was thoroughly and
tastefully restored


.
In his Hammershøi monograph, Alfred Bramsen
describes the painting in the Loeb collection as a
preparatory work for a larger, almost square picture
from

, now in Statens Museum for Kunst, that
includes the end wall of the chapel on the right. This
means that the tower is seen on the left in that pic-
ture and not centrally as in the present work, in
which the upright format and slightly changed view-
point gives it a uniquely dominant position. The
lea
fl
ess tree on the left is thereby given greater com-
positional signi
fi
cance. The picture in the Loeb col-
lection could therefore with equal justi
fi
cation be
considered another, equally valid, version of the
motif.
E.F.
FIG. A
The Church of St. Peter,

(Petri Kirke)
Oil on canvas,
⅓
x
½
in. (

x

cm)
Unsigned
Statens Museum for Kunst
Michaëlis and Bramsen

, no.
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