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The Virgin

Hans Memling, Netherlandish (active Bruges), born 1430/40, first documented 1465, died 1494

Made in Bruges, Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe

Late 15th century

Oil on panel

11 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches (29.2 x 24.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 324

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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The downcast eyes, slightly tilted head, and elegantly raised hand imbue this representation of the Virgin Mary with grace, poise, and delicacy. Hans Memling produced many images of the Virgin and female saints over the course of his career, often intending them as devotional objects that focused and facilitated the prayers of faithful viewers.

This small painting was once part of a much larger work. It may be a fragment from an Annunciation scene.