“MEMLING. Flemish Renaissance” at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome through January 18, 2015


Memling. Rinascimento Fiammingo

11 October 2014 – 18 January 2015
Curated by Till-Holger Borchert

With this ambitious exhibition the Scuderie del Quirinale sets out to offer the Italian museum-going public its very first opportunity to enjoy a sweeping retrospective of the art of Hans Memling, an artist who rose to become the most important painter in Bruges – the financial hub of Flanders and one of the most advanced centers of artistic output in the region – following after the death of his master Rogier van der Weyden in the second half of the 15th century.

This monographic exhibition, a first in Italy, highlights all of the outstanding features that characterize the art of this absolute master of the Flemish Renaissance, exploring every aspect of his career and work from his monumental altarpieces to his small portable triptychs, in addition to his famous portraits, a genre in which he perfected the style that sets the sitter against a landscape backdrop – a style which was to have a major influence on numerous early 16th century Italian artists.

Hans Memling, "Tommaso Portinari and his Wife" ca. 1470, Oil on wood,

Hans Memling, “Tommaso Portinari and his Wife” ca. 1470, Oil on wood, Left: 17 3/8 x 13 1/4 in. (44.1 x 33.7 cm)
Right: 17 3/8 x 13 3/8 in. (44.1 x 34 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The exhibition also focuses on the aspect of patronage, which played such a crucial role in forging the artist’s career. Memling was to become the favorite painter of the powerful Italian community of merchants and businessmen in Bruges, outshining all others and becoming the true heir to an earlier generation of much-admired Flemish painters such as Jan Van Eyck and Rogier Van der Weyden.  From the very start of his independent career as a panel painter, Memling managed to forge a synthesis of the remarkable achievements of both those earlier masters already held in the highest esteem by the Italian aristocracy and urban elites, who had adopted them as their benchmarks in the field of art.

Hans Memling, "Tryptich of  Benedetto Pagagnotti"  ca. 1480

Hans Memling, “Tryptich of Benedetto Pagagnotti” ca. 1480

In addition to masterpieces of religious art from some of the most important museums in the world, including diptychs and triptychs brought together again for the first time in this exhibition such as the Pagagnotti Triptych (currently divided between the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the National Gallery in London), the Jan Crabbe Triptych (currently divided between the Museo Civico in Vicenza, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York and the Groeningemuseum in Bruges) or the monumental Moreel Triptych(from the Groeningemuseum in Bruges) the spectacular backdrop to the show, the exhibition will also host a magnificent series of portraits including the Portrait of a Young Man from the Accademia Gallery in Venice, the Portrait of a Man from the Royal Collection in London (an exceptional loan, courtesy of H, M. Queen Elizabeth II), the celebrated Portrait of a Man from the Frick Collection in New York, and the magnificent Portrait of a Man with a Roman Coin from the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp. (Source: Scuderie del Quirinale)

Scuderie del Quirinale

Scuderie del Quirinale
Via XXIV Maggio 16, Rome – ITALY

Curated by Till-Holger Borchert
11 October 2014 – 18 January 2015 

Opening hours
Sunday to Thursday 10:00am to 8:00pm
Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 10:30pm
Admission is allowed until one hour before closing time

Information and reservations +39 06 39967500
Monday to Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday 9:00pm – 1:00pm

Full price € 12.00
Reduced price € 9.50
Reduced price age 7/18 € 6
Children under 7 free admission

Information and booking
T. +39 06 39967500 / 06 39967200

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

One comment

  1. The show is worth flying to Rome from anywhere…

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