Hans Memling in Rome

Hans Memling, Portrait of a Man with a Roman Coin (Bernardo Bembo?), c1473-1474
Hans Memling, Portrait of a Man with a Roman Coin (Bernardo Bembo?), c1473-1474, oil on oak panel, 31 x 23.2 cm (Anversa, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten)

Julie Beckers reviews Hans Memling: Flemish Renaissance at the Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, on view through January 18, 2014.

Beckers writes: "The visitor is guided through Memling’s long and successful career in seven elaborate sections that showcase early work alongside that of Van der Weyden... major commissions produced for his Italian patrons in Bruges, portraiture that provided a model for a next generation of painters, narrative painting, small devotional altars for personal use and a number of grand triptychs. A particular highlight hits the visitor on entering 'A Life', where the Portrait of a Man holding a Roman Coin of 1473-4 and Portrait of a Woman of 1480-1485 are juxtaposed, their technical brilliance seen in soft curls and a feather-light veil ..."