Young Woman with a Pink

Hans Memling Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 964

While once thought to be a portrait, this fragment depicts an idealized rather than specific woman. Her high forehead conforms to period norms of female beauty, and her costume derives from Burgundian court styles of around 1470, which were somewhat outdated by the time the painting was made. It likely once formed the outer left wing of a triptych. When the triptych was closed, the outer wings portrayed an allegory of courtly love and virtue.

Young Woman with a Pink, Hans Memling (Netherlandish, Seligenstadt, active by 1465–died 1494 Bruges) and Workshop, Oil on wood

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