Hans Memling

The Virgin and Child with Saint Anthony Abbot and a Donor

1472
The divine appears in a domestic setting. A stone fireplace is hidden by a wooden bench draped with a rich cloth of gold that forms a throne for the Virgin, who has graciously come forward to meet her visitors. The man kneeling in prayer commissioned the panel; he is presented by his patron saint, Anthony Abbot, identified by his symbol, a pig. Memling has created a serene world, familiar, but exquisitely refined: the sense of reality encourages our engagement, while the artistry conveys its otherworldliness. Frame: running moulding, gilded and partly painted. Flanders, 16th century
Artist
Title
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anthony Abbot and a Donor
Date
1472
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on oak
Dimensions
92.7 x 53.6 cm
Nationality
Flemish
Credit line
Purchased 1954
Accession number
6191