Hans Memling The Man of Sorrows The Nine Muses Welder Wings

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Was scrolling IG the other day and stumbled across an original element from The Nine Muses / Welder Wings "The Origin of the Strange" graphic.

The centerpiece of the work features the post-crucifixion hand of Christ (altered with an eyeball in the center) from a painting by Hans Memling entitled "Man of Sorrows" which was an oil painting on oak believed to be from the 1480s.


Hans Memling The Man of Sorrows The Nine Muses Welder Wings


Some info from the Web Gallery of art:

"Thanks to a late-fifteenth-century copy (with the addition of a background landscape) that has survived intact in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg, we know for certain that this Man of Sorrows originally had a praying Virgin as its companion piece. A number of separate copies of the latter also survive. The best example in the series is to be found in the Uffizi in Florence. All the copies exhibit a similarly hard sculptural style that cannot have derived from the lost Memling painting. Until fairly recently, the Christ figure, too, was thought merely to have survived in copies.


Hans Memling The Man of Sorrows The Nine Muses Welder Wings


It was not until the Genoa panel came to attention at the 1947 exhibition in Florence that it was accepted by most art-historians as a Memling of high quality. The work does, indeed, exhibit the highly polished finish, anatomical definition and soft lighting of Memling's portraits. Christ wears a dark, purple-brown robe, and turns sorrowfully towards his mother, in the original right wing, to show his wounds. The droplets of blood, mixed with sweat, are rendered in a highly refined, transparent manner. Similar portrayals, albeit more frontal, are to be found in the circle of Dieric Bouts, especially in the work of Albert Bouts, where the type probably first arose. Memling's version is one of the most 'human' interpretations, because it presents Christ not as a terrible emblem of the Passion (with the king's cloak or cane from immediately after the Flagellation and the Crowning with Thorns), but as a sorrowful man who still bears the marks of his torture."

The Origin of the Strange deck is available here.

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