Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale will host a winter-long exhibit showcasing works by Flemish master, Hans Memling. The only exhibition ever to be devoted to Memling in Italy, this is a rare chance to enjoy a retrospective of the great painter.
To the untrained eye, Flemish art can seem a little underwhelming compared to the art history utopia that is Rome. However, the new Memling exhibition, on display until mid-January, is definitely worth a visit if you have any interest in the Renaissance period, and will surprise you with its relevance to the Italian greats.
Devised by Till-Holger Borchert, curator of the Memling museum in Bruges, the exhibition is dedicated to the famous Flemish artist with particular focus on his impact on Italian painters. Memling, unlike the archetypical struggling artist, enjoyed slathers of success in his hey day. Due to his lucrative Italian patronage, his works were brought to Italy where they impressed and influenced the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. The exhibition is the first of its kind in Italy and is therefore a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see as many as 50 of Memling’s pieces together at once, many from private collections in Rome.
The exhibition is separated into seven sections, which not only provide an overview of the Flemish master’s career, but also show works by other Flemish artists of the same period. The exhibit is unique in its focus on the cultural and artistic exchange between Bruges and Italy. The display also follows a specific historical storyline that gives viewers insight into the role that patronage played and how innovative artistic concepts were negotiated during the period. You don’t have to be an art historian to marvel at the stunning beauty in Memling’s work, particularly his amazingly lifelike naturalism. You can also appreciate how incredibly new and creative Memling’s work was for the time period.Most notably, his use of multiple scenes in a panorama to portray the Passion of Christ and his introduction of the landscape background to portraits. From his monumental altarpieces to his gloriously detailed polyptychs, the exhibit will awe you with the breadth of Memling’s capability and innovative vision.
Memling Rinascimento Fiammingo
Til 18th of January 2015
Scuderie del Quirinale
Via XXIV Maggio, 16
Mon-Thurs 10 am-8:30pm / Fri & Sat 10 am-10:30 pm
Entry Fee: €6 – €12