A highlight of the auction is The Birth of Christ from the workshop of Hans Memling, a German painter of the Dutch school. Born around 1435 in Seligenstadt, Hans Memling became a citizen in 1465 in Bruges, a thriving international trading hub, which belonged to the Duchy of Burgundy. Memling opened a workshop, where he employed apprentices and assistants. His clientele included religious institutions, secular guilds and the rich Bruges bourgeoisie and international merchants. Over time, Memling's workshop developed into the most successful of its kind in Bruges.

Workshop of Hans Memling (Seligenstadt 1435/40–1494 Bruges) The Birth of Christ Workshop of Hans Memling (Seligenstadt 1435/40–1494 Bruges) The Birth of Christ

The artwork featured in the sale at Dorotheum was made by a close colleague or student of Hemling's. Using models of the master, which were combined into a new composition, this way of reusing designs was customary and allowed great artists to create several important commissions at the same time, without compromising on the quality work of the master.

Dorotheum's sale from April 19-21 also feature furniture, sculpture, glass, porcelain, jewellery. The Old Masters section will take place on April 21, 2016.

Check out the full catalog on Barnebys here.

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