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Triptych of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist, Hans Memling

1479

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Over five hundred years ago, the nuns and monks from the hospital gave Hans Memling the assignment of making this impressive triptych, an altar piece for the hospital church. They can be seen on the outer sections and in the middle. On the central panel, between the pillars, we see a wooden crane in Bruges which was used to hoist wine barrels from boats. Taxes on the import of wine were for the hospital. Memling also painted the patron saints and protectors of the hospital; St John the Baptist with a lamb and St John the Evangelist with the chalice. On the right, behind a pillar, there is a monk in a long black cloth.