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Alex Urso, A STUDY ON THE LAST JUDGMENT OF HANS MEMLING

It is a polyptych made up of 8 collages combining two images: the damned from the Gdansk Triptych, the Last Judgement painted by Hans Memling around 1470, and images of plants and flowers cut from an encyclopaedia on the plant world. Memling’s Triptych was painted for Italy but, having been plundered by the privateer Paula Benecke, it has always been kept in Gdansk, the city that has been home to the artist for a few years now. The flames are replaced by flowers and the torturing devils can rely on arboreal instruments that have lost their decorative and sentimental value. As is often the case in his work, collage becomes a three-dimensional expressive tool, accentuating the corporeity of the subjects.

THE ARTWORK

A study on The Last Judgment of Hans Memling, 2016

Posted on: 3 November 2021, by : Alessandro Ulleri