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

St Ursula Shrine: Medallions

1489
Wood
Memlingmuseum, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges

The iconographical programme of the shrine is completed by medallions on the slopes of the roof, and four small carved figures at the corners. The tondos, which are clearly by another hand, comprise a `group portrait' of the first eleven virgins, with the pope, cardinal, bishop and Etherius behind them, on one side, and the Coronation of the Virgin by the Holy Trinity on the other. Each of these two principal medallions is flanked by two smaller ones, depicting musical angels. All of the medallions have a red ground. The detail and fine brushwork of these little paintings recall the Diptych of Jean du Cellier, while not always matching its quality.




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