Gerard David, who was born at Oudewater, went when young to Bruges, where
he was made free of the guild in 1484. We find him mentioned at intervals. In
1501-2 he was president of the company. David continued to live at Bruges until
his death in 1523; he was buried in the church of Notre Dame of that city.
Gerard David, who was
born at Oudewater, went when young to Bruges, where he was made free of the
guild in 1484. We find him mentioned at intervals. In 1501-2 he was president of
the company. David continued to live at Bruges until his death in 1523; he was
buried in the church of Notre Dame of that city.
Of his works, the most worthy of
mention are : in the Academy of Bruges, a Baptism of Christ, painted in
1507 for Jean des Trompes; in the Museum of Berlin, a Crucifixion; and lastly, a
Marriage of Cana in the Louvre. Gerard David painted in a somewhat successful
imitation of Van Eyck, but his pictures, though always executed with great
minuteness, are of different merit. It is probable that he was the instructor of
At the time of David's death, the
glory of Bruges and its painters was on the wane: Antwerp had become the leader
in art as well as in political and commercial importance. Of David's pupils in
Bruges, only Isenbrant, Albert Cornelis and Ambrosius Benson achieved
importance. Among other Flemish painters, Joachim Patinir and Jan Mabuse were to
some degree influenced by him.
Eberhard Freiherr von Bodenhausen published in 1905 a very comprehensive
monograph on Gerard David and his School (Munich, F. Bruckmann), together with a
catalogue raisonné of his works, which, after careful analysis, are reduced to a
total of forty-three paintings.
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