Interiors

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Artists have long been interested in depicting interiors, whether to demonstrate their ability to simulate three-dimensional space or to serve as settings for political, religious, or private stories. Robert Campin set biblical scenes in the interior spaces of his own 15th-century Netherlands; Johannes Vermeer's 17th-century paintings are remarkable for their detail, as well as the intimacy of their settings and figures. Interiors have also been used to express particular psychological states and philosophies—take Vincent van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles or René Magritte's surreal domestic spaces as examples. Recently, numerous photographers have made interiors a consistent subject, including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Thomas Demand, and Candida Höfer.