Frans van Mieris the Younger, 'Portrait of Frans van Mieris the Elder and his wife'

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Leiden, The Netherlands
C. 1670
Oil on panel
17.6 cm
22.5 cm

Q. Buvelot, Frans van Mieris 1635-1681, Den Haag 2005, 34, pp. 25 - 27, 166 - 168.

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This double portrait depicts the famous painter Frans van Mieris the Elder (1636 - 1681) and his wife Cunera van der Cock (1629/30 -1700). Both portraits are surrounded by lavish flower garlands. The portrait of Frans van Mieris the Elder was painted after a self-portrait (Man in Oriental Costume) of himself, now in the collection of the Mauritshuis, The Hague (inv. no. 1163), in which he is depicted in imagined Oriental costume, with velvet beret, ostrich feather, and a shiny satin cloak. Cunera van der Cock wears a low-cut blue dress with an elaborately put-up hairdo. The double portrait was made by Frans van Mieris the Younger (1689 - 1763), the grandson of Frans van Mieris the Elder.

Frans van Mieris the Younger was a painter from Leiden who worked in the style of his father Willem van Mieris and his grandfather. He painted his grandfather several times, for example on the painting 'Three generations' in the collection of Museum de Lakenhal in Leiden (inv. no. S 311): the two Franses and Willem are depicted.


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