Hans Memling, The Seven Joys of Mary; 01 Works, RELIGIOUS ART – Interpretation the bible, With Footnotes – 103a


Hans Memling, (circa 1433–1494)

The Seven Joys of Mary, c. 1480

Oil on oak

81.3 × 189.2 cm (32 × 74.5 in)

Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany

In the center is detailed illustrated the legend of the Magi. In the left picture Quarter seen scenes from the life of Mary in the right quarter, inter alia, the story of Christ after his resurrection. The founder Pieter Bultync is shown on the left with his sons, his wife Catherine van Riebeke right.
The Seven Joys of the Virgin is a popular devotion to events of the life of the Virgin Mary, arising from a trope of medieval devotional literature and art.

The Seven Joys were frequently depicted in medieval devotional literature and art. The seven joys are usually listed as: The Annunciation, The Nativity of Jesus, The Adoration of the Magi, The Resurrection of Christ, The Ascension of Christ to Heaven, The Pentecost or Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Mary, The Coronation of the Virgin in Heaven.
Originally, there were five joys of the Virgin. Later, that number increased to seven, nine, and even fifteen in medieval literature. More on The Seven Joys of Mary
Hans Memling (c. 1430 – 11 August 1494) was a German painter who moved to Flanders and worked in the tradition of Early Netherlandish painting. He spent some time in the Brussels workshop of Rogier van der Weyden, and after van der Weyden’s death in 1464, Memling was made a citizen of Bruges, where he became one of the leading artists, painting both portraits and diptychs for personal devotion and several large religious works, continuing the style he learned in his youth. More on Hans Memling



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I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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