The Virgin and Child with St. Anthony Abbot and a Donor
- (1472), oil on wood
- 53.6 x 21.1 in. (92.7 x 53.6 cm.)
- National Gallery of Canada
This work was probably commissioned by the individual depicted as kneeling before the Virgin and Child. Though his identity is now lost, he would likely have been a wealthy and recognized person in his lifetime, and likely donated the painting to a local church as a gift when it was completed.
Here is a close up of the pig above:
About the Artist
Hans Memling, German, (1435-1494). Hans Memling (also spelled Memlinc) was known as a master of Flemish painting, though he was born in Seligenstadt, Germany. He first established himself as a painter in Brussels, then later moved to Brugge.