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Hans Memling. Portrait of a Praying Man. c.1480- 1485. Oil on wood. Sammlung Thyssen-Bornemisza, Schloss Rohoncz, Castagnola, Spain. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]

Hans Memling. Portrait of a Praying  Man.
Portrait of a Praying Man is the left part of a triptych, the central part of which bore Madonna with Child, and on the right part there was a portrait of the Manís wife. Both the central and the right parts are lost. When closed, the wings of the triptych  had a still life on them. The still life of the left part has a jug with flowers: white lilies symbolize the purity of the Virgin, and the purple irises symbolize Maria in Sorrow (Mater dolorosa)

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