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Portrait of a Gentleman from the Van Beijeren van Schagen Family (Johan van Beijeren van Schagen?)
Mierevelt, Michiel Jansz. Van
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Mierevelt, Michiel Jansz. Van

Delft, 1567 - Delft, 1641

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Portrait of a Gentleman from the Van Beijeren van Schagen Family (Johan van Beijeren van Schagen?)

1610 - 1615. Oil on canvas

Like the Portrait of a Lady of the Van Beijeren van Schagen Family (P2976), this portrait is a representative example of Mierevelt`s work in this genre. The support is also constructed in the same way, and is typical of this artist`s portraits.

In the Baron van Aerssen Beijeren collection the picture is listed as a portrait of Willem van Beijeren van Schagen (1517-1548) and as pendant to the Portrait of a Lady of the van Beijeren van Schagen Family. This identification, which also appears in the Museo del Prado catalogue of 1996, was based on the coat of arms of the Van Beijeren family that appears in the upper left part of the picture. However, analysis of the micro-samples taken from the coat of arms reveals an intermediate yellowish brown layer between the original black background and the red of the emblem. This would suggest it was painted in at a later date.

Hernández Díaz (1934) claims it is dated 1620, although this inscription is not visible today. Nevertheless, the sitter`s wide white, unstarched ruff with large flutes is in keeping with the fashion in vogue around 1600-10. It appears in at least two other Mierevelt portraits, Paulus van Bersteyn, dated 1612 (Lisse, Kasteel Keukenhof) and Portrait of a Man, from around 1615 (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, inv. C12). Furthermore, the recording of the name michhiel with two h`s and the formation of the letters d and b in the inscription on the back also fit with this date. All of this, together with the apparent age of the model, would suggest that this is a portrait of Johan van Beijeren van Schagen (1544-1618), son of Willem van Beijeren van Schagen and Elisabeth van Bronkhorst. His son, Albrecht van Beijeren van Schagen, married Theodora van Duvenvoorde, who may well be the model in the previous portrait (Posada Kubissa, T.: Pintura holandesa en el Museo Nacional del Prado. Catálogo razonado, 2009, p. 306).

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Inventory number
P002977
Author
Mierevelt, Michiel Jansz. Van
Title
Portrait of a Gentleman from the Van Beijeren van Schagen Family (Johan van Beijeren van Schagen?)
Date
1610 - 1615
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 63 cm.; Width: 48 cm.
Provenance
Baron Willem F. E. van Aerssen Beijeren van Voshol, 1914; his nephew, Baron van Aerssen Beijeren, 1934; acquired for the Museum, from Félix Setmenat y Güell, Marquis of Castellsdosrius, 1953.

Bibliography +

Hernández Díaz, J., Notas para la formación del catálogo de los retratos existentes en la colección del barón Van Aerssen Beyeren, Boletín de la Academia de Bellas Artes de Sevilla, I, 1934, pp. nºIX.

Sánchez Cantón, F.J., Las adquisiciones del Museo del Prado en los años, Archivo español de arte y arqueología, 27, 1954, pp. 5.

Montesa, Marqués de, Heráldica en el Museo del Prado, Arte Español / Revista Española de Arte, 25, 1967, pp. 88.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Valdivieso, Enrique, Pintura Holandesa del siglo XVII en españa, Universidad, Madrid, 1973, pp. 308.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 425.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, III, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Posada Kubissa, Teresa, Pintura holandesa en el Museo Nacional del Prado. Catálogo razonado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2009, pp. 86-87.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1792.
Autor, Michiel Janszoon van Miereveld / 1792. Asunto, Retrato de caballero / Lienzo, 63 x 48 / Nº del catalogo 2977 / De la misma adquisición que el anterior [(adquisición por el Patronato del Museo al marqués de Castell-Dos-Rius en 270.000 ptas. el 9-julio-1953)]

Exhibitions +

Dutch Painters at the Prado
Madrid
03.12.2009 - 11.04.2010

Displayed objects +

Heraldic: .42.
Blasón de la familia Van Beijeren que aparece en la parte superior izquierda del cuadro El análisis de las micromuestras tomadas del escudo revela la existencia de una capa intermedia de color pardo amarillento entre el fondo negro original y el rojo correspondiente al escudo, lo que permite pensar que sea un repinte posterior a la fecha en que se pintó en cuadro.

Update date: 03-05-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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