Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

John R. Decker

Second Advisor

Maria Gindhart

Third Advisor

Nick Wilding


Hans Memling’s polyptych, Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation, presents many art historical issues. In my thesis, I have addressed the scholarly debate about the original construction of the currently separated six extant panels of this work. I have also attempted to put this object in its original context by considering contemporary religious movements and painting customs, identifying the patron and examining the artist, and exploring themes within the imagery in the framework of Early Modern devotional practice.