Aert Mijtens from 1610 edition of Pictorum aliquot celebrium, by Hendrik Hondius
|Native name||Aert Mijtens|
|Known for||Altarpieces, historical and mythological paintings and portraits|
Mitjens was born in Brussels. He was the first known member of a family of painters named Mijtens or Mytens. He was the uncle of Isaac Mijtens (ca. 1602-1666), a portrait painter in The Hague and Daniel Mijtens (ca. 1590-ca. 1647), a painter at the English court.
According to the early biographer Karel van Mander he travelled to Rome where he was called Rinaldo fiammingo and became a friend of the painter Hans Speckaert. He painted in the studio of another Flemish painter there called Anthoni Santvoort, who painted representations of Mary (Maria Magior) on copper.
Mijtens was active in Brussels, Rome, Naples (where he was successful and worked for the court of the Viceroy), L'Aquila, and The Hague. He was a teacher of Barend van Someren during his Rome residency. Van Someren married Mijtens' daughter and returned with her to Flanders.
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