Hans Memling

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Hans Memling: The most prominent Netherland artist

Hans Memling was born most likely between 1330 and 1440 in Seligenstadt. In fact, little is known about his early life and training. It is assumed that he received his training in Cologne. Many art historians believe that Hans is a late pupil of Rogier Van Der Weyden. The influence of Van Der can be seen in Hans’ works, although in some artworks, he surpassed his teacher.

Hans Memling- The Flemish artist of German origin

In the initial period, the artist also experienced the influence of Bouts. But he developed his own style soon, characterized by the great charm of expression, figures in movement, narrative richness, and beautiful colors. In 1467 Hans was accepted as a master in the St. Luke League of Painters. He was one of the most popular artists in Bruges and a well-established Flemish Artist abroad from 1468 to 1486.

He received multiple commissions for altarpieces from all over Europe. At that time, Florentine Art and Venetian art were at the peak of their perfection still Memling’s works were highly popular for their solidity and harmony. The late artist’s work shows the touch of the early Italian Renaissance; besides that, he was also involved in portraits. For a long period, he was regarded as the greatest artist in the XV century. Hans died in 1494, but his artworks became an inspiration for the next generation of artists.

Some of the gifts from Hans to art

Triptych of Jan Crabbe-It is an early work of Memling, and it was painted shortly after his arrival in Bruges.

Portrait of a Man with a Roman Coin - is the best example of how Memling used a landscape backdrop.

Christ surrounded by singing and music-making angels- this particular painting was commissioned by Gonzalo de Cabredo in 1683.

A diptych of Maarten van Nieuwenhove- This devotional diptych is the only one of two artwork by Memling that survived in the original frame, reflecting spatial compositions.