(1599–1664). Flemish genre painter. He lived in Rome between 1636 and 1658 (when he left for Turin) and joined the Schildersbent, a Roman confraternity of northern artists, when he was given the nickname ‘Bieco’ (‘threatening look’). Genre scenes by a fellow countryman, Pieter van Laer (known as Il Bamboccio), were a formative influence. By the 1640s Miel's subject matter became more varied with scenes from town and country life, sometimes collaborating with Michelangelo Cerquozzi. Miel's spirited and confident Carnival in the Piazza Colonna (Hartford, Conn., Wadsworth Atheneum) is typical of his maturity.
From The Oxford Companion to Western Art in Oxford Reference.