Hans Memling (also spelled Memlinc) was a German-born painter who first established himself as a painter in Brussels, then moved to Bruges in the Flemish region of Belgium where his career prospered.
The original three panels are just part of a once huge altarpiece for the high altar of the monastery church of Santa Maria la Real in the Spanish town of Nájera. Nájera is a small town in northern Spain and was an important pilgrimage stop on the Way of St James, or Camino de Santiago.
As the popularity of the pilgrimage waned, so did the fortunes of the monastery, which depended on the wealth generated by the traffic of pilgrims. The monastery fell into decay and the other panels of the huge altarpiece have been lost. The surviving panels are approximately 5’ 6” high x 7’ wide, so the angels are almost life-size. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp has been working to restore the originals since 2001.
The center panel shows Christ looking down and blessing his mother, who was to be seen in a panel below, with singing angels on both sides of Christ. The side panels show angels playing typical 15th century instruments.
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