Hans Memling at Clare Eddy Thaw Gallery.
A never before seen reconstruction of Hans Meling’s Triptych of Jan Crabbe has been beautifully set up in Morgan’s intimate Clare Eddy Thaw Gallery. ‘Hans Mewling: Portraiture, Piety and a Reunited Altarpiece’ is a glorious collection of two dozen small paintings, drawings and books as well as the magnificent altarpiece.
Also known as the “cube”, the 20-by-20-by-20 foot space hosts the dispersed sections of German-born Memling’s altarpiece, brought together for the first time in a United States exhibition. Two panels from the incredible altarpiece are owned by the Morgan Library & Museum and the exhibition reunites them with the other panels owned by Musei Civici in Vicenza, Italy and the outer wings from Groeningemuseum in Bruges, Belgium.
Undoubtedly the main event, the Crabbe triptych conjures up a myriad of thoughts on theology and politics, however the piece itself and its significance draws you in, as well as the artist’s uncanny ability to capture raw likeness that tells a story.
Hans Memling: Portraiture, Piety, and a Reunited Altarpiece runs from September 2, 2016 until January 8, 2017 at The Morgan Library & Museum, New York.