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Hans Memling · Maria Maddalena Portinari · 1470 · Metropolitan Museum · New York

Hans Memling  ·  Maria Maddalena Portinari  ·  1470  ·  Metropolitan Museum  ·  New York

Since fifteenth century the picture frame goes inside: painted or occupied by objects and figures, it becomes integral part of that. In this Memling’s work the veil of headdress conceals a part of frame and allows the portrayed subject to penetrate into an external dimension – the living one. Sometimes the attempt to pass a limit emphasizes the fatality of it. © Graziano Spinosi

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