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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Memling, Hans


The Virgin and Child between St James and St Dominic
ca. 1485-1490
Oil on oak panel
130.3 × 160 cm (51.3 × 63 in)
Louvre Museum, Paris
http://www.louvre.fr/

Hans Memling (also spelled Memlinc; c. 1430 – 1494) was a German-born Early Netherlandish painter.
Memling's reputation was not confined to Italy or Flanders.
His work was widely appreciated in the 16th century and left behind several children and considerable property.
There exists a critical opinion : "...while the Romantics and the Victorians considered his sweetness the very summit of Medieval art, we feel inclined to compare him to a composer such as Felix Mendelssohn: he occasionally enchants, never offends, and never overwhelms. His works give the impression of derivativeness..."