Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Memling, Hans

Advent and Triumph of Christ
oil on panel
81 × 189 cm (31.9 × 74.4 in)
Alte Pinakothek, München, Deutsch

Hans Memling, also spelled Memlinc, (c. 1430 – 1494) was a German-born leading Flemish painter of the Bruges school (Jan van Eyck is the famed founder of the  school) painting both portraits and large religious works. He moved to Flanders and worked in the tradition of Early Netherlandish painting. He is one of the leading artists from the 1460s until the end of his life. His reputation was not confined to Flanders, but spreaded to Italy, France and England. Memling's work suited the taste of that age in any European country.
His portraits of nobles were more characteristic, and probably more remarkable as likenesses, than any that Memling s contemporaries could produce. He was very successful in Bruges: it is known that he was listed among the wealthiest citizens on the city tax accounts.
Memling died on 11 August 1494 and left behind a considerable property. Recording his death, the notary of Bruges described him as "the most skillful painter in the whole of Christendom."