Triptych of John The Baptist and John The EvangelistTriptiek van Johannes de Doper en Johannes de Evangelist

Hans Memling, “Triptych of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist”, the triptych opened, Memling Museum, Hospital St. John, Bruges (Brugge)
the triptych opened

The triptych has been conceived and realised for the master altar of the new apse of the church of the Old St. John Hospital of Bruges (in Flemish: Brugge) built in 1473-74, where it still stands.
The frame bears the inscription « WORK(OPVs) ()OF HANS(IOHANNIS) ()MEMLING(MEMLING) », the first known signature of the flemish primitive painter of Bruges Hans MEMLING, and also the date: «1479».
It has a central panel, framed by two panels on the right and left fixed by hinges.
The characters depicted are a little smaller than life size.
these fews pages aim at presenting its different aspects to allow a deeper understanding:

  1. first, by a photographic presentation of the triptych in its exhibition space,
  2. then thrue a description of what it represents,
  3. finally by relating the different elements of the image with the different texts at the origin of the represented scenes.


about this article

To produce this article, we are indebted to reference works, particularly those of Dirk DE VOS, “Hans Memling - The Complete Work” and “Hans Memling”.
However, our aim is not to produce an interpretation of the work here, but rather a description and through it to make available the elements that make it possible to grasp it: quality reproductions 1 , the main sources of the work, whether textual or pictorial, which today, even in the case of specialised paper works available, for example, in libraries, is too often done only by reference or implied.
Our goal will have been achieved if the reader is in a position to measure and thus deepen his or her own perception of a work that we think deserves attention as much as is great the radiance of its presence.



photographic presentation of the work in its exhibition space

Hans Memling, “Triptych of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist”, view of the exhibition space from the entrance of the church of the Old St. John Hospital, Memling Museum, Hospital St. John, Bruges (Brugge)
View of the exhibition space from the entrance of the church of the Old St. John Hospital


Hans MEMLING, “Triptych of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist”, view of the exhibition space from the entrance of the church of the Old St. John Hospital, Memling Museum, Hospital St. John, Bruges (Brugge)
View of the exhibition space from the entrance of the church of the Old St. John Hospital


Hans MEMLING, “Triptych of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist”, Memling Museum, Hospital St. John, Bruges


references of the books cited by Dirk DE VOS:

  • in french:
    Title Published in ISBN-10
    Hans Memling : l'œuvre complet 1994 2-226-06992-5
    Hans Memling : catalogue 1994 90-5544-028-0
  • en anglais:
    Title Published in ISBN-10
    Hans Memling: The Complete Works 1994 0810936496
    Hans Memling: Catalogue 1994 9055440299

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references of the book quoted by Philippe LORENTZ:

Title Published in ISBN-10
Hans Memling au Louvre (exposition, Musée du Louvre, Salle de la Chapelle, aile Sully, 18 Mai-14 Août 1995) 1995 2-7118-3275-9

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note:
the reproductions of the work that we make available to the public are, to our knowledge, the best currently available outside professional works: they have required a great deal of efforts from us because of the low intensity and yellow of the current lighting.
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