Hans Memling

active 1465; died 1494
Hans Memling is recorded as a citizen in Bruges in 1465 and was the leading artist there for the rest of his life. His work is strongly influenced by Rogier van der Weyden. Memling became especially popular in the 19th century and his art is well represented in the National Gallery.

Memling was born in Germany, at Seligenstadt near Aschaffenburg, and probably spent his early life in Mainz. By 1465 he had moved to Bruges, where he was evidently successful. By 1480 he had bought himself a large stone house, was taking on pupils, and had joined a confraternity.

Early in his career Memling made an altarpiece for the Florentine businessman Angelo Tani. En route to Italy in 1473 this was seized by pirates and is today in Danzig. Other paintings of his appear to have been made for Italian patrons.

Related paintings

A Young Man at Prayer
Hans Memling
mid 1470s
A Young Man at Prayer
Saint John the Baptist
Hans Memling
about 1478
Saint John the Baptist
Saint Lawrence
Hans Memling
about 1480
Saint Lawrence
The Donne Triptych
Hans Memling
about 1478
The Donne Triptych
The Donne Triptych
Hans Memling
about 1478
The Donne Triptych
Two Panels from a Triptych
Hans Memling
about 1480
Two Panels from a Triptych
Virgin and Child
Hans Memling
perhaps about 1475
Virgin and Child
 
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