"Saint Benedict, Hans Memling, one thousand four hundred eighty seven
Description of the picture:
Saint Benedict – Hans Memling. 1487. Oil on wood. 45.5×34.5
The work of the student of Rogier van der Weyden, Hans Memling (between one thousand four hundred and thirty-three and 1440-1494), belonged to a new period in Dutch painting of the 15th century, which was already heavily influenced by Italian, as can be seen from the presented portrait.
Saint Benedict He is the ancestor of Western monasticism and the creator of the charter that laid down in the base of his hostel. Memling portrayed Benedict in black monastic vestments, with a staff reading the Bible intently. The saint seems to be whispering divine words. The painter conveyed in the form of this ascetic and a hermit an expression appearing on the face of a person who is absorbed in reading and admiring the written. The soft black-and-white painting of the face and hands of St. Benedict makes it even more possible to feel his image, whose quietness and concentration are echoed by the evening landscape on the other side of the window."