CIRCLE OF FRANS VAN MIERIS THE ELDER (1635-1681), Portrait of a Young Lady at the Window with Flowers
Medium: oil on canvas
W 59 × H 65 cm
This seventeenth-century portrait depicts a young lady who stands at the windowsill, whilst attending to her basket of flowers. Standing at the centre, she gently holds her falling drapery with her left hand as she gazes outwards to the viewer. Within this portrait we see an appreciation for both the beauty and simplicity of contemporary life.
The artist of the portrait at present has derived characteristics of both a genre and portrait painting. A style that was established in Flemish art in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and was developed further by artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), and many more. For example, his painting the Girl at a Window, 1645, depicts a similar subject where a young girl leans on the ledge of a window and gazes toward the viewer.
The present portrait is set within a beautiful decorative gesso gilt frame.