Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt or Miereveldt, Miereveld (1566-1641)
Portrait of a Man,
Signed and dated, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 52cm / 78 x 71cm
An exquisite example of this well known portrait painter's work. It being signed and dated makes this of great interest as often his works went unsigned due to the prolific output of his studio and the high demand for his portraits.
With typically detailed and skilled rendition of the lace ruff, the luminous skin tones and the direct gaze of the sitter, this portrait is truly an exceptional piece.
Van Mierevelt (1566-1641) was a pupil of artist Anthonie Blocklandt of Utrecht. After a two-year apprenticeship, he returned to his native Delft. He received commissions for portraits from the stadholder court in The Hague: including Prince Maurice and members of the Orange family. This led to commissions from other wealthy families and diplomats. To meet the demand, Van Miereveld employed assistants, including his sons Pieter and Jan. His portraits became even more widely known when his son-in-law Willem Delff copied them as prints.