About this artwork
The Hague, the ancient seat of the counts of Holland, was dominated by the Dutch nobility and provided a ready clientele for Jan Mijtens’s elegant portraits. The artist practiced an international style of portraiture that had been developed by Dutch and Flemish painters working for foreign courts, among them Jan’s uncle and probable teacher, Daniel Mijtens, a court painter to Charles I of England. In this work, Mijtens gave the sitter a confident bearing, depicting him against a poetic twilight background that is indebted to the portrait conventions of Anthony van Dyck and hints at his status as a gentleman and landowner.
- Jan Mijtens
- Portrait of a Man
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed upper left on tree: JANMijtens
- 41 1/4 × 33 1/8 in. (104.8 × 84.1 cm)
- Gift of Ronald Fritz