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