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    Sale 7633

    Old Master & British Pictures (Day Sale)

    3 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 139

    Willem van Mieris (Leiden 1622-1747)

    The Penitent Mary Magdalene

    Price Realised  

    Willem van Mieris (Leiden 1622-1747)
    The Penitent Mary Magdalene
    signed and dated 'W: Van Mieris fe 170[1?]' (upper left)
    oil on panel
    8 x 6 3/8 in. (20.3 x 16.2 cm.)


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    The son of Frans van Mieris, Willem continued the tradition of his father and other artists in Leiden who were known by the term 'Fine Painters'. Concentrating on producing works of great precision and attention to detail with focus on minutely rendered textures, Willem's work knew considerable success in his own lifetime, appealing to many important French and German collectors, including King Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony, who acquired many of his paintings for his Dresden Gallery.

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