About this artwork

Van Mieris trained with Gerrit Dou and became one of the best known Dutch fijnschilders (fine painters), who were famous for their meticulous and highly finished style. He faithfully depicted a specific type of lute, popular in the Netherlands and the British Isles in the second half of the seventeenth century, and the correct position of the fingers playing. It has not been possible yet to identify the music on the song sheet.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    A Woman Playing a Lute
  • date created:
    1663
  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • measurements:
    (framed: 33.70 x 29.20 x 6.00 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to The National Galleries of Scotland 2005
  • accession number:
    NG 2795
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Frans van Mieris

Frans van Mieris