David, Gerard

David, Gerard

biographical name


“Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor,” panel painting by Gerard David, c. …—Courtesy of the trustees of the National Gallery, London; photograph, J.R. Freeman & Co. Ltd.

(born c. 1460, Oudewater, Neth.—died Aug. 13, 1523, Bruges) Netherlandish painter. He worked mainly in Bruges, where he entered the painters' guild in 1484 and became dean in 1501. He became the city's leading painter after the death of Hans Memling. Most of his works are altarpieces and other panels featuring traditional religious themes, but his best-known paintings, The Judgment of Cambyses and The Flaying of Sisamnes (1498), deal with the theme of justice; they originally hung in the town hall of Bruges. His works are among the earliest Flemish paintings to feature the Italian Renaissance iconography of putti (male child angels) and garlands.

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