Little is known of Memling’s life. It is surmised that he was a German by descent but the definite fact of his life is that he painted at Bruges, sharing with the van Eycks, who had also worked in that city, the honour of being the leading artists of the so-called ‘School of Bruges’. He carried on their method of painting, and added to it a quality of gentle sentiment. In his case, as in theirs, Flemish art, founded upon local conditions and embodying purely local ideals, reached its fullest expression.
Alfred Michiels. Hans Memling
I. Memling’s Origins and Beginnings
II. Memling between History and Legend
III. Memling’s Old Age and Genius
IV. Memling’s Major Works
Works Conserved in Belgium
Works kept outside of Belgium
Memling the Miniaturist
V. Master Memling, between Influences and Authentications
The Students of Memling
The Authentic Works of Memling
Works attributed to Memling
The Lost Paintings
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Rogier Van der Weyden, Philippe de Croy, Seigneur de Sempy. Oil on panel, 49 × 30 cm. Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp.
Hans Memling, Two Donors (fragments of an altarpiece with the Virgin and Child), c. 1475–1480. Oil on wood, 44.7 × 32.4 cm; 44.5 × 32 cm. Muzeul National Brukenthal, Sibiu.