Hans Memling, Netherlandish (active Bruges), born 1430/40, first documented 1465, died 1494
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The downcast eyes, slightly tilted head, and elegantly raised hand imbue this representation of the Virgin Mary with grace, poise, and delicacy. Hans Memling produced many images of the Virgin and female saints over the course of his career, often intending them as devotional objects that focused and facilitated the prayers of faithful viewers. This small painting was once part of a much larger work. It may be a fragment from an Annunciation scene.