Hans Memling: Art And Wealth In The 1400s

On February 9, 2020 by Lazer Horse
Hans Memling dark art 1400s

Art and money rarely go hand in hand. Although, of course, individual artists can make a living and, in rare cases, make a significant income, it is not the norm.

Hans Memling, born around 1430, was one of the few who made the finest of art and the finest of pay packets. In fact, in the 1480s, he was declared one of the wealthiest men in Bruges.

Born in Germany, Memling moved to the Netherlands in his 30s, later settling in Bruges. His style was predominantly formed in his younger years in the Rhine region of Germany.

His paintings were purchased or commissioned by merchants, bankers, politicians, aristocrats, and clergymen, earning him quite a reputation as a mover and shaker.

Although he was popular whilst alive, his works were somewhat lost over the years; in the 19th century, however, they were re-found, and a love for his artistry was rekindled.

Memling died in Bruge in the late 1400s, leaving a number of children and significant assets. He inspired many of the greats of the time, including Raphael, who has since been immortalized by a ninja turtle. Memling also inspired plenty of greats to come, hundreds of years after his death.

To marvel at the depth and darkness within these paintings, almost 6 centuries old is a thing of wonder. Stare into the eyes and lives of people born half a millennia before you:

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