Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Madonna in the Garden - Virgin & Child sitting before a Formal, Walled Garden 1465 Attr to Hans Memling (Flemish painter, 1435-1494)

Hans Memling (German-born Flemish painter, 1435-1494) Virgin and Child Enthroned with two Musical Angels 1465-67. Here the Virgin sits before a traditional, geometric, enclosed, raised-bed garden.

Illustrated manuscripts and early depictions of landscapes in portrayals of Biblical gardens give us a glimpse of gardens familiar & imagined during those periods. Many images of medieval gardens are allegorical or metaphorical, rather than realistic representations of specific medieval gardens. The Virgin Mary begins to appear in contrived, formal gardens & in more natural cultural landscapes in images in the 1300s.