Memling, Hans (1430?-94). Although he was known as a master of Flemish painting, Hans Memling was born in Seligenstadt, near what is today Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Memling, whose name is sometimes spelled Memlinc, first established himself as a painter in Brussels. In style and composition his work shows the strong influence of Rogier van der Weyden, the great Flemish painter. Because of this, Memling is thought to have studied under the older artist.

In about 1466 Memling moved to Brugge, where his career prospered. Like many other Flemish masters, Memling painted with glowing colors and fine craftsmanship. Unlike most artists, his style varied little throughout his career.

Many of Memling's well-known religious works were painted for the Hospital of St. John in Brugge. These include Adoration of the Magi and six panels depicting St. Ursula's journey to Rome, which he painted for the hospital's shrine to that saint.

Memling was a master of portraiture. The faces he painted with careful detail glow with life. The character of each is subtly suggested. In addition to the portraits Memling painted for the notables of Brugge, he also received commissions from foreign visitors such as Tommaso Portinari of the Florentine Medici. Memling died in Brugge on Aug. 11, 1494.

511 x 600 43.2K
43.2K, 511 x 600

The Triptych of the Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine
(lower half of right wing)
Painted: 1479
Saint John the Evangelist, Hospital Saint-Jean

The Triptych of the Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine
(upper half of right wing)
Painted: 1479
Hospital Saint-Jean

590 x 600 76.4K
76.4K, 590 x 600

469 x 600 59.5K
59.5K, 469 x 600

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Two Angels
Painted: 1480
Oil on wood

The Last Judgement
(top portion featuring Jesus)
Painted: 1480
Memling Museum

800 x 415 81.9K
81.9K, 800 x 415

797 x 600 65.5K
65.5K, 797 x 600

Musician Angels
(one portion of a triptych)
Painted: 1485
Koninkijk Museum

Portrait of an Old Woman
Painted: 1468-70
Oil on panel
25.6 x 17.7 cm
Museum of Fine Arts

752 x 1091 185.6K
185.6K, 752 x 1091

439 x 600 34.4K
34.4K, 439 x 600

Portrait of Benedetto di Tommaso Portinari
Painted: 1487
Oil on wood

The Resurrection
(with the Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian and the Ascension)
Truptych, Wood
Central panel 62 x 45 cm
Wings 62 x 19 cm
Musee du Louvre

1052 x 807 171.7K
171.7K, 1052 x 807

413 x 600 32.2K
32.2K, 413 x 600

Portrait of an Unknown Man
Painted: 1490
Oil on wood

Portrait of an Old Woman
Painted: 1470-75

509 x 600 37.3K
37.3K, 509 x 600

349 x 600 36.9K
36.9K, 349 x 600

The Archangel Michael
Painted: 1480
Wallace Collection