I wouldn’t mind trying to teach him again

Svetlana Alpers

  • Hans Memling: The Complete Works by Dirk de Vos
    Thames and Hudson, 431 pp, £95.00, October 1994, ISBN 0 500 23698 4

I was not able to get to the major exhibition organised by the city of Bruges to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Hans Memling. But there is consolation in the fact that if one has ever been to Bruges one knows something of what his art is like. To a remarkable degree Memling has come to be identified with this city, whose centre is a preserve out of time. Swans floating on the surface of a web of canals bordered by medieval houses. This, it seems, is the proper setting for the master of a calm beauty, somewhat removed from the real world.

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