Artists Illustrating Boys' Fashions: Jan Miense Molenaer (Dutch, 1610-68)

Figure 1.--This work by Jan Miense Molenaer is "Huismuziek" (House music). I think it us a Dutch family engaged in music. Notice that even the younger children are involved. I am not sure just when it was painted. We would guess soimetime after 1650. Notice the wide variety of collars that are being worn.

We have at this time very limited information on Jan Miense Molenaer. We know that he was born in Haarlem in 1610 and lived his entire life there and in Amsterdam. He is not known to have traveled. He is one of the Dutch 17th century genre painters. His paintings begin to appear in 1629. He married Judith Leyster, who also painted, in 1636. Many of his works, especially the early ones appear to have been influenced by another Haarlem artist, Frans Hals. If we look at the right we see tht the children are dressed just like th adults. From a point of viewof the clothing, they are simply small adults.


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Created: July 27, 2003
Last updated: July 29, 2003