Portrait by Memling returns to Bruges

24th of September 2020

The King Baudouin Foundation US enables the donation of a painting by Hans Memling. The portrait of Francisco de Rojas is returning to the city of Bruges, where it was painted. The painting dating from the 15th century will be kept at St. John’s Hospital (the Memling Museum).

The portrait of Francisco de Rojas, painted by Hans Memling in the 15th century, is returning to the city of Bruges, where it was painted. It was donated by American philanthropist Bill Middendorf and will be kept at St. John’s Hospital (the Memling Museum). The donation was made with guidance from King Baudouin Foundation US, part of the King Baudouin Foundation network.

Francisco de Rojas was the scion of a noble Spanish family and Ambassador of Spain to the Burgundian court. This is one of the few representations we have providing evidence of the Spanish presence in Bruges, when it was a trading center in the Middle Ages.

A few years ago the King Baudouin Foundation US set up the KBFUS ART program to help donors in the US with the complex cultural, legal and tax-related aspects of donating art across international borders. The donation of this work by Memling is a fine example of the role played by the King Baudouin Foundation’s network.