Hans Memling / Portrait of a Man / c. 1470Hans Memling
Portrait of a Man
c. 1470

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Creator Name: Memling, Hans
Creator Nationality: European; Flemish
Creator Dates/Places: c.1440-1494
Creator Name-CRT: Hans Memling
Title: Portrait of a Man
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1460
Creation End Date: 1480
Creation Date: c. 1470
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on panel
Dimensions: 13 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. (33.5 x 23.2 cm.)
AMICA Contributor: The Frick Collection
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 68.1.169
Credit Line: Purchased
Rights: http://www.frick.org
Context: The thriving trade centers of the Netherlands provided an international market for talented artists such as Memling. However, the plain coat worn by the subject of this portrait offers no clue to his nationality, occupation, or rank. The serious, firmly modeled head suggests a man who was not only forceful but thoughtful. Although he is physically placed close to the viewer, his body pressed against the frame, he appears aloof and removed from the world. Panels such as this often served as covers or wings for small private altarpieces, but it seems probable that the Frick example, like many others dating from the second half of the fifteenth century, was commissioned as an independent painting. Memling was one of the most admired portraitists of his day,in Italy as well as in Northern Europe, owing both to his skill in capturing physical likenesses and to his even rarer gift of conveying, as in this portrait, the intellectual and spiritual character of his subjects.
Related Document Description: New York, The Frick Collection. Art in the Frick Collection: Paintings, Sculpture, Decorative Arts [cat.]. Comp. C. Ryskamp, et al., 1996, p.46 (reproduced in color).
AMICA ID: TFC_.Memling.68-1-169
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Frick Collection, New York, 1999

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