Self Portrait of the Artist, with a Cittern

The date of the portrait (13 April 1674) was three days before van Mieris's 39th birthday. The identity of the sitter is confirmed by a drawing which is signed and dated 1667 (London, British Museum). The artist wears an archaic type of dress based on theatrical costumes of the Commedia dell' Arte and he is playing a cittern.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1635 - 1681
Full title
Self Portrait of the Artist, with a Cittern
Date made
1674
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
17.5 x 14 cm
Inscription summary
Dated
Acquisition credit
May Bequest, 1854
Inventory number
NG1874
Location in Gallery