Portrait Of A Woman by Jan Mytens
Portrait Of A Woman by Jan Mytens

Portrait Of A Woman c1660 by Dutch Painter Jan Mytens (1614 – 1670), also known as Johannes Mytens was a Dutch Golden Age Painter known especially for his portrait art as well as is genre paintings.

This is a beautiful portrait of a young woman standing in a garden wearing a rose silk dress with white fluffy sleeves , pearl earrings and pearl necklace tending to a plant in a large planter with a large tree behind her and a forest in the background.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

Information Below Courtesy Getty.edu and Wikipedia.org

The son of a saddlemaker, Jan Mytens learned to paint from his uncles Anthony van Opstal and later by Nicolas van der Horst while he was still a teenager.

In his early twenties, he was admitted to The Hague’s guild of painters; fifteen years later, he became the guild’s governor.

He painted for Dutch royalty and specialized in portraiture, genre pieces, and historical allegories. Mytens was especially skilled at rendering the clothing of affluent Dutch.

In the last decade of his life, he founded the painters’ society De Pictura (On Painting), where he spent the remainder of his career teaching students about portrait painting.

Throughout his life Mytens was a fashionable portrait painter in The Hague. He received commissions from prominent citizens, members of the nobility, and high-placed government officials. His portraits can be divided into two major groups: life-size three-quarter length, and half-length portraits of individuals and small-scale family groups. He conveyed his sitters’ elevated status by depicting them wearing sumptuous garments and jewelry.

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