MEMLING, Hans
(b. ca. 1440, Seligenstadt, d. 1494, Bruges)

Diptych of Jean de Cellier

c. 1475
Oil on wood, 25 x 15 cm (each)
Musée du Louvre, Paris

The Diptych of Jean de Cellier was painted for a herb and spice merchant married to Anna van de Woestyne, a niece of Lodewijk van Gruuthuse (Louis de Bruges). The work must have been painted after Anna's death - some time after 1482, when the couple purchased a tomb in Our Lady's Church - as Jan is shown alone in the right wing.

The left panel of the diptych represents the Betrothal of St Catherine of Alexandria, the right the donator with St John the Baptist.




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