Collection Online
The Man of Sorrows in the arms of the Virgin

The Man of Sorrows in the arms of the Virgin
(1475) {or (1479)}

oil and gold leaf on wood panel
27.4 × 19.9 cm
inscribed in gold paint c.l.: 147(...illeg.)
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1924
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
14th - 16th Century Gallery - Painting & Decorative Arts
Level 1, NGV International
Originally from a small town near Frankfurt-am-Main, Hans Memling became a citizen of Bruges in the Burgundian Netherlands in 1465 and remained there until his death. This panel represents Christ as an image of pity. Displaying the wounds of his Passion, yet open-eyed and thus ‘alive’, Jesus is shown cradled in the arms of his grieving mother. Fervent prayer in front of harrowing images of this type was considered to have the power to hasten the soul’s passage through the pains of Purgatory.