Saint Benedict - Hans Memling. 45.5x34.5
The work of the student of Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling (between 1433 and 1440-1494), belonged to a new period in Dutch painting of the 15th century, which was already under considerable influence of Italian, as can be seen from the presented portrait.
Saint Benedict He is the founder of Western monasticism and the author of the charter that formed the basis of his hostel. Memling portrayed Benedict in a black monastic robe, with a staff carefully reading the Bible. The saint as if utters divine words in a whisper. The artist conveyed in the guise of this ascetic and a hermit an expression that appears on the face of a person who is immersed in reading and admires the written. The soft black-and-white painting of the face and hands of St. Benedict even more makes you feel his image, the silence and concentration of which is echoed by the evening landscape outside the window.