Portrait of an elderly woman, Hans Memling
- Posted by Hans Memling
- Museum: Louvre
- Year: Around 1470
Description of the picture :
The portrait of an elderly woman is Hans Memling. Around 1470. Wood, butter. 35×29
The “Portrait of an Elderly Woman” of the famous Flemish painter Hans Memling (about 1440-1494) amazes the amazing realism of the image of a person model that allows us to judge her age, to assume certain features of character and worldview. The artist does not set the task of flattering this woman, he truthfully conveys her tightly clenched almost colorless lips, pale fading skin, does not try to shade her eyes. His model does not care about it. Her entire strictly concentrated appearance, impenetrable expression of her face, a motionless look of cold eyes give out worries of a different plan. Her thoughts are not engaged in the search for external attractiveness, but spiritual purity, aimed at internal improvement.
An interesting compositional technique in building a background for a portrait. To the right of the woman’s high white headgear, Memling makes the background deaf and dark, on which this interesting accessory of her costume stands out especially effectively. To the left of the image, he writes a landscape background that revitalizes the composition, gives depth to the space of the picture and tells the viewer additional details about the environment in which the heroine exists.
Initially, this portrait was paired with the Portrait of an Old Man, now located in the State Museum of Berlin. “Portrait of an elderly woman,” replacing several owners, hit the Louvre in 1908.