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Christ Blessing

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Memling was one of the major figures of early Netherlandish painting. The portrait-like conception of this painting was inspired by a medieval document that gave a physical description of Christ. Both the sensitive modeling of the face and the gesture of the left hand casually resting on the...

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Until about 1910/1915, Andrés Avelino Arteaga Silva (b. 1833 - d. 1910) and Maria de Belén Echagüe Mendez de Vigo (b. 1847 - d. 1907), Marqueses de Argüeso, Madrid; about 1910/1915, by descent to their daughter, Maria de las Mercedes de Arteaga y Echagüe, Marquesa de Argüeso, Madrid; about 1954/55, sold by the Marquesa de Argüeso to Frederick Mont, Inc., Baron Joseph van der Elst (b. 1896 - d. 1971), and Gaby Seefried von Bayern. 1955, M. Knoedler and Co., New York; January 3, 1955, sold by Knoedler to William A. Coolidge (b. 1901 - d. 1992), Topsfield and Cambridge, MA; 1993, bequest of William A. Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 27, 1993)

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Bequest of William A. Coolidge


  • Hans Memling, German (worked in Flanders), about 1430–1440 to 1494

35.1 x 25.1 cm (13 13/16 x 9 7/8 in.)

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Oil on panel