Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Michiel van Musscher

Portrait of a Lady with her dog and a maid
oil on canvas
43.2 × 38.7 cm
location unknown

Michiel van Musscher (1645-1705) was a Dutch Golden Age painter, born in Rotterdam. He showed a talent for drawing at a young age. At the end of the 17th century he was the most successful portraitist in Amsterdam.

His work distinguishes itself by a combination of a very meticulous and technically skilled way of reflecting details. This becomes apparent in the painting of textiles such as silk, but also in the way in which tapestry is reproduced. Typical of his portraits is the exuberant way in which the Dutch regents had themselves displayed. In the last quarter of the 17th century wealthy citizens kept a virtual regal lifestyle. This bourgeois culture with ‘royal’ allure is magnificently visible in the portraits and genre paintings by him.