Jan Miense Molenaer

Haarlem 1610 - 1668

Self-portrait of the artist in his Studio

Oil on Panel, 40 x 37 cm



Probably by descent, Earls of Carnarvon, Highclere Castle, Newbury, Berkshire;
Henry Herbert (1898 – 1987), 6th Earl of Carnarvon, Newbury, Berkshire;
Sold by the above, Sotheby’s London, 3 February 1954, lot 58 (as by Dirck Hals, to D. Vanderkar, London);
Sold to Dr. Bertil Rapp (1915-1959), Stockholm, 1954, by Dennis Vanderkar (1919-1992);
Sold, Norden (Auctioneers), Stockholm, 24 November 1992, lot no.128;
Acquired by private collection (Europe), 1992 to the present.


A. Ellenius, “Reminder for a young gentleman: notes on a Dutch seventeenth century Vanitas,” Idea and Form, Studies in the History of Art, Stockholm, 1959, p.120;

A.P. de Mirimonde, “Les vanités à personnages et à instruments de Musique,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts 85, 1979, pp.63, 65;

D.P. Weller, Jan Miense Molenaer: Painter of the Dutch Golden Age, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina 13 October 2002 – 5 January 2003, pp. 27-28, fig. 1;

A. van Suchtelen, Dutch Self-Portraits of the Golden Age, 8 October 2015 – 3 January 2016, pp. 40-41, fig. 41.


Judith Leyster: A Dutch Master and her World, Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem, 16 Mai-22 August 1993, no. 33, reproduced in color, pp. 302-307.

A. Tummers, The Art of Laughter; Humour in Dutch Paintings of the Golden Age, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, 11 November 2017 – 18 March 2018, cat. 46, pp. 158-159, ill.