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Portrait of Michiel de Wael

Portrait of Michiel de Wael

Portrait of Michiel de Wael
Frans Hals

Portrait of Michiel de Wael, about 1632–34 , Frans Hals (Dutch, about 1582–1666), oil on canvas

Using digital imaging tools, Museum staff recently identified the sitter in this portrait as Michiel de Wael, a prominent citizen of Haarlem who owned two breweries and served as commissioner of Petty Courts. Hals also painted De Wael in two portraits of civic guard companies— groups originally formed as militia that became primarily social clubs by the 17th century.

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