January 2013

The Ursula Shrine Linnen Armour (Padded Jack Series I)

The Saint Ursula Shrine, painted by Hans Memling before 1489, is one of the best known works of the Flemish art of the 15th century. This liturgical shrine is not very big. In fact, the painted panels are only 35cm high. The paintings depict the martyrdom of St. Ursula and the eleven thousand virgins in Cologne and feature a wide selection of arms and armour. Among them are two pieces of thick linnen armour, both worn over mail.


Three of the side panels of the Ursula shrine by Hans Memling.