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memling: pious little pictures

The painting of A Lady with a Pink hangs in New York’s Metropolitan Museum. The pink, a flower that can symbolize betrothal, was the creation of Hans Memling whose realistic, but highly refined portraits mirrored fifteenth century Flemish society. Hans … Continue reading

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KNIGHTY-NIGHT TO THE ART-RISTOCRATS

The latter years of the fourteenth-century and the early years of the fifteenth were the grimmest period in French history. Between the Black Death, the everlasting war with England, plundering raids, taxies and levies; circumstances conspired to ┬áreduce the voice … Continue reading

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A FALLING TIDE LIFTS ALL EGOS

there were some wild times in Bruges. It was a city that had the virtue of living dangerously for a while. Their innovations on medieval financing through the Bill of Exchange and expertise as serving as a market maker that … Continue reading

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RESTLESS SPIRITS IN A SILT BOUND CITY

In Bruges, it is said that holy candles burn all night in the houses on the eve of All Souls, and the bells toll till midnight, or even till morning. people, too, often set lighted candles on the graves. A … Continue reading

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