CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Amorous intrigues and painterly refinement: the art of Frans van Mieris

Exhibition: 26 February - 21 May 2006

Frans van Mieris, The puppy, ca. 1660, St. Petersburg, Hermitage

Frans van Mieris, The puppy,
ca. 1660, St. Petersburg, Hermitage


National Gallery of Art, Washington
Mauritshuis Royal Cabinet of Paintings, The Hague

From the museum website

Praised by contemporaries as the most important of all Leiden “fijnschilders” (masters of fine painting), Frans van Mieris (1635-1681) is best known for his innovative interior scenes and elegant portraits. Although Van Mieris painted serious allegories and portraits, most of his works are thoughtful yet lighthearted genre scenes. Quacks, peasants, elegantly dressed ladies, soldiers and pets appear in different combinations, mostly painted on copper, often stressing themes such as love, deceit, vanity, and imitation. Van Mieris’s pictures were widely copied by contemporaries and influenced many fellow painters, including Vermeer. Intimate in scale, the masterpieces rarely measure more than fifteen square inches.


The works have been selected in consultation with the Van Mieris scholar Otto Naumann, who will also contribute to the catalogue along with other leading scholars.


The Hague, Mauritshuis (1 October 2005 – 15 January)
Washington, National Gallery of Art (26 February 26-21 May 2006)