Looking for perspective in the Noorderkerk at Amsterdam by Jacob Lekkerkerkerby Jacob Lekkerkerker |Het ORGEL |Year 102 |(2006) |Issue 2
Het ORGEL 102 (2006), nr. 2, 25-27 [summary]
In the 17th century, painters often used a kind of perspective that has its proper effect only when the painting is observed from the correct position. This is the case, for example, with the vault frescos by architect and painter Andrea Pozzo, as the interior of the St.-Ignazio at Rome shows.It seems that a comparable spot is needed as well in the Noorderkerk at Amsterdam, but here for listeners: as a result of the construction of the organ around a pillar, the effect of the organ strongly depends on the position of the listener. Remarkable is that it is hard to locate spots where all aspects of the sound have a convincing effect.