Hans Memling

Hans Memling
Years of life: 1430 – 1494
Artist's Teachers: Rogier van der Weyden
Art Movement: Northern Renaissance
Painting School: Bruges School, Flemish School
Genre: Religious , Portrait
Country: Flanders
Century: XV

He is a prolific, Bruges-based pupil of van der Weyden. His large altarpieces are too rigid, with stiff figures like statues. He was better at small devotional pictures (full of life, with good space) and small portraits (he learned from manuscript illuminations). He liked soft textures (his drapery has soft, not crisp, folds); soft hair; soft landscapes, and smooth, rounded, demure, idealized faces. Memling’s work is characterized by decorative rather than expressive features.

Notice his interesting skies of intense blue, melting to white on the horizon. His motifs such as garlands of fruit and flowers held by putti are borrowed from the Italian Renaissance (possibly from Mantegna).

Hans Memling’s major works are Portrait of a Man with an Arrow, c. 1470–75 (Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art); The Virgin and Child with an Angel, c. 1470–80 (London: National Gallery); Bathsheba, c. 1482 (Stuttgart: Staatsgalerie).

References:

  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.

Artworks:

  • The Nativity

    1463

    Part of "Hulin de Loo's poliptych"

    The Nativity  •  1463

  • Adoration of the Magi Triptych, detail

    1470

    Adoration of the Magi Triptych, detail   •  1470

  • Virgin and Child

    1475

    Virgin and Child   •  1475

  • The Man of Sorrows in the arms of the Virgin

    1470s

    The Man of Sorrows in the arms of the Virgin  •  1470s

  • The Seven Joys of Mary

    1480

    The Seven Joys of Mary   •  1480

  • Christ at the Column

    between 1485 and 1490

    Christ at the Column   •  between 1485 and 1490

  • Mater Dolorosa

    1480s

    Mater Dolorosa   •  1480s

  • Virgin and Child with Sts James and Dominic

    between 1488 and 1490

    Virgin and Child with Sts James and Dominic   •  between 1488 and 1490

  • Virgin and Child Enthroned with Two Angels

    between 1485 and 1490

    Virgin and Child Enthroned with Two Angels   •  between 1485 and 1490

  • Triptych of The Resurrection

    1490

    Triptych of The Resurrection   •  1490

  • The Annunciation

    1489

    The Annunciation   •  1489

  • St Andrew (left wing of a diptych, reverse)

    1490s

    St Andrew (left wing of a diptych, reverse)  •  1490s

  • Man of Sorrows

    1490

    Man of Sorrows   •  1490

  • Madonna Enthroned with Child and Two Angels

    between 1490 and 1491

    Madonna Enthroned with Child and Two Angels   •  between 1490 and 1491

  • Flowers in a Jug (reverse)

    1485

    Flowers in a Jug (reverse)   •  1485

  • Allegory with a Virgin

    between 1479 and 1480

    Allegory with a Virgin   •  between 1479 and 1480

  • Adoration of the Magi

    1470

    Adoration of the Magi   •  1470

  • Portrait of a Man with a Roman Coin

    1480 or later

    Portrait of a Man with a Roman Coin   •  1480 or later

  • Portrait of a Young Woman

    1480

    Portrait of a Young Woman   •  1480

  • Portrait of Willem Moreel

    1482

    Portrait of Willem Moreel  •  1482

  • Portraits of Willem Moreel and His Wife

    1482

    Portraits of Willem Moreel and His Wife   •  1482

  • Tommaso Portinari and his Wife

    1470

    Tommaso Portinari and his Wife  •  1470

  • Adam and Eve

    1485

    Adam and Eve  •  1485

  • The Man of Sorrows Blessing

    1480 - 1490

    The Man of Sorrows Blessing   •  1480 - 1490

  • Christ Giving His Blessing

    1481

    Christ Giving His Blessing   •  1481

  • The Last Judgment

    between 1466 and 1473

    The Last Judgment   •  between 1466 and 1473

  • Scenes from the passion Of Christ

    between 1470 and 1471

    Scenes from the passion Of Christ   •  between 1470 and 1471

  • Advent and Triumph of Christ

    1480

    Advent and Triumph of Christ   •  1480

  • Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian

    1470-1480

    Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian  •  1470-1480

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