Friday, September 2, 2016

A Hans Memling Show Is More Than the Sum of Its Divine Parts

By Holland Cotter
Memling’s “Triptych of Jan Crabbe” has been reconstructed for viewing in America. Credit Pinacoteca Civica di Palazzo Chiericati, Vicenza and The Morgan Library & Museum
NEW YORK---When it comes to jewels, there are Taylor-Burton rocks and discreet heirloom stones. With museum shows, it’s the same. “Hans Memling: Portraiture, Piety and a Reunited Altarpiece,” at the Morgan Library & Museum, is a minute but invaluable gem of some two dozen small paintings, drawings and books set in the Morgan’s Clare Eddy Thaw gallery, known as the Cube for its intimate size. Memling produced the piece, a folding triptych with a central wood panel and two closable wings, around 1468 on commission from Jan Crabbe, the abbot of a monastery about 30 miles from Bruges, who had a residence in the city. [link]
The triptych, center, is the main event. It is surrounded by other paintings, books about the altarpiece and drawings by Memling’s successors. Credit Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times
Morgan Library & Museum: "Hans Memling: Portraiture, Piety and a Reunited Altarpiece” (Ends January 8, 2017); 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, Manhattan, New York City; 212-685-0008,