Barely visible behind the woman are a bed with curtains on the left and an open door surrounded by foliage on the right.

Van Mieris learnt his meticulous painting technique from Gerrit Dou, the principal master of a group of Leiden painters known as the 'fijnschilders' (literally, fine painters).

The primary version of this composition was formerly dated 1663 (Private Collection, New York); this picture was probably painted shortly after, possibly – though not certainly – by van Mieris himself.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1635 - 1681
Full title
A Woman in a Red Jacket feeding a Parrot
Date made
about 1663
Medium and support
Oil on copper
Dimensions
22.5 x 17.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG840
Location in Gallery