Portrait of a man with an arrow, Hans Memling
- Posted by Hans Memling
- Museum: National Art Gallery (Washington)
- Year: Around 1470-1475
Description of the picture :
Portrait of a man with an arrow – Hans Memling. Around 1470-1475. Wood, butter. 31.3×25.1
The work of Hans Memling, the leading Dutch painter, is presented in the National Gallery in Washington quite fully – only collections of Belgian museums can be compared with this collection.
In the field of the portrait genre, Memling achieved outstanding success and greatly contributed to the development of Dutch art, preparing its heyday in the 16th century. The artist wrote various people: burgers, merchants from the Italian colony of Bruges, visiting British. He portrayed them as donors, organically including in religious composition, or created individual works like “Portrait of a Man with an Arrow.”.
This work is distinguished by the accuracy of the characteristics and a great life truth. Friendly, calm attitude to the portrait made Memling one of the most popular masters of his time. He does not try to embellish, flatter his hero, but with a special feeling he shows dignity and attractive features in his appearance and character.