Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Virgin and Child with Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Barbara, 1479
    Hans Memling (active by 1465–1494)
    Oil on wood; Overall 26 7/8 x 28 7/8 in. (68.3 x 73.3 cm); painted surface 26 3/8 x 28 3/8 in. (67 x 72.1 cm)
    Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.634)

    The composition of this enchanting picture was adapted from a large altarpiece painted in 1479 for Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges. The donor at the left is shown saying his rosary as he contemplates Saint Catherine's mystic marriage to the infant Christ. Saint Barbara, whose identifying tower is behind her, sets a meditative example by reading. The grape arbor is a later addition.

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  • Virgin and Child with Saints Catherine of Alexandria and Barbara, 1479
    Hans Memling (active by 1465–1494)
    Oil on wood; Overall 26 7/8 x 28 7/8 in. (68.3 x 73.3 cm); painted surface 26 3/8 x 28 3/8 in. (67 x 72.1 cm)
    Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.634)

    Detail of tree (left).

    Detail of grape arbor (right).


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