Hans Memling, Triptych of Earthy Vanity and Divine Salvation

Hans Memling,
Triptych of Earthy Vanity and Divine Salvation (front),
oil on oak panel, ca. 1485

Hans Memling was born in Germany and later moved to the Netherlands to study under Rogier van der Weyden. He follows the religious symbolic traditions of van der Weyden, and this triptych focuses on the idea of “Memento mori,” a Latin phrase that translates to “Remember your mortality.” Memling’s triptych shockingly contrasts the beauty, luxury and vanity of the mortal earth with images of death and hell. The three panels on the front of this triptych show a beautiful nude looking in a mirror, flanked on either side by images of death and the devil

‘Degenerate churches were described in the Westminster Confession as ‘synagogues of satan’.’ Photograph: Musee des Beaux-Arts

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May 30, 2014 · 11:33

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