L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Portraits of King Charles I by Daniël Mijtens

1633. (Copy?)
With his wife, Queen Henrietta Maria, 1631.
As Prince of Wales, 1624.
As Prince of Wales, 1624.


Daniël Mijtens (circa 1590, Delft – 1647, The Hague), known in England as Daniel Mytens the Elder, Dutch portrait painter who spent most of his career in England. Born into a family of artists, he trained in The Hague, possibly with Van Mierevelt. No paintings are known to survive from his early Dutch period. By 1618, he had moved to London, where he found patronage with the important art collector Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel. He was soon commissioned to paint King James I and his son, Charles, Prince of Wales. In 1625, at the accession of Charles I, he was appointed painter to the king.

He was kept extremely busy with portraits of the royal family and the British aristocracy, also making copies of earlier works by other artists. But in 1626 and 1630 he made visits to the Netherlands, most likely to familiarize himself the latest advancements in his field, most particularly with the work of Rubens and Rubens' former pupil van Dyck.

Mijtins can be credited with bringing a far greater naturalism to English portraiture, but with van Dyck's arrival in England in 1632, he was soon supplanted as court painter by the latter artist, the suaveness and glamour of whose work he couldn't approach. He appears to have returned permanently to the Netherlands around 1634. From that point he would work primarily as an art dealer in the Hague; only four paintings survive from this second Dutch period.


  1. It's true; these don't have the glam and romance of van Dyck, which makes me wonder if they are a more accurate portrayal. I can hardly look at the faces for the opulent clothing. So gorgeous and yet I wonder what it felt like to carry that weight and all the hooks and ribbons and sashes holding it together. My modern self is entranced and so glad I don't have to wear it.