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Frans van Mieris, the elder. Born on this day in 1635

6 days ago   |   By Chez Namaste Nancy

Frans van Mieris, the elder , was a Dutch Golden Age genre and portrait painter. The leading member of a Leiden family of painters, his sons Jan (1660-1690) and Willem (1662-1747) and his grandson Frans van Mieris the Younger (1689-1763) were also accomplished genre painters.
He belonged to an illustrious family of goldsmiths and painters. After an apprenticeship with his cousin, Van Mieris studied painting with Gerrit Dou, the first and most famous member of the fijnschilders in his native Leiden. Dou called him the "Prince of my Pupils."
In the style of the fijnschilders-minutely...
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