Closer to Memling


Triptych with Adoration of the Magi

Hans Memling
Bruges (Belgium)
78.0 x 134.2 cm

Oil on panel
Musea Brugge,
Museum Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges

The story

The inscription on the frame reveals that this work was commissioned by hospital friar Jan Floreins: DIT WERCK DEDE MAECKEN BROEDER IAN FLOREINS / ALIAS VANDER RIIST BROEDER PROFES VANDE HOSPITALE VAN SINT JANS IN BRUGGHE ANNO MCCCLXXIX /OPUS IIOHANIS MEMLING. Friar Floreins can also be seen on the central panel, kneeling with a prayer book in his hands. The work depicts the Adoration of the Magi in a stable. We see Joseph, Mary with Child on her lap, the three kings and several outsiders looking on curiously. On the left wing, we see the Birth of Jesus. Joseph is holding a candle and Mary is kneeling before the Child Jesus, who is greeted by two angels. A donkey and an ox stand between Joseph and Mary. On the right wing, The Assignment in the Temple is portrayed, with Joseph holding a basket of doves, Mary with the Child Jesus, the priest Simeon and the prophetess Anna. On the exterior panels are two saints: Saint John the Baptist with the lamb on the left and Saint Veronica with the cloth showing the image of Christ on the right.