|Dates||about 1614 - 1670|
|Born||The Hague, The Netherlands|
The son of a saddlemaker, Jan Mytens learned to paint from his uncles while still a teenager. In his early twenties, he was admitted to The Hague's
Throughout his life Mytens was a fashionable portrait painter in The Hague. He received commissions from prominent citizens, members of the nobility, and high-placed government officials. His portraits can be divided into two major groups: life-size three-quarter length, and half-length portraits of individuals and small-scale family groups. He conveyed his sitters' elevated status by depicting them wearing sumptuous garments and jewelry.