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

St Ursula Shrine: Departure from Basel (scene 4)

1489
Oil on panel, 35 x 25,3 cm
Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges

4. Departure from Basel

The pope and his retinue have decided to accompany the future martyrs on their way to Cologne. In the left background they reach the gates of Basel. The scene in the foreground shows them embarking on the boats. To reach the second vessel, they have to clamber across the first. Several maidens are being rowed away in a small boat on the left. They remain behind to proclaim their faith.




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