The Penitent Mary Magdalene
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Willem van Mieris ( Leiden 1662 - Leiden 1747 )
Willem van Mieris spent his life working in Leiden where he was trained by his father Frans van Mieris (1635-1681) one of the most important of the Leiden ‘fine painters’ (Leidse fijnschilders) alongside Gerrit Dou (1613-1675). Willem probably contributed to several of his father’s later works. The influence of his father’s oeuvre cannot be underestimated as the young Mieris followed the technique and subject matter of his father’s later paintings, which display the same enamel-like smoothness, harsh reflections of light and an emphatic display of virtuosity in the rendering of detail and figures.