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Definition: David, Gerard from Philip's Encyclopedia

Flemish painter. Influenced by van Eyck and van der Weyden, David has a distinctive austere grace. He was commissioned by the town of Bruges to paint several works: The Judgement of Cambyses and The Flaying of Sisamnes warned officials of the retribution for injustice. Other works include Madonna Enthroned and Annunciation.


Summary Article: David, Gerard (c. 1450–c. 1523)
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

Netherlandish painter. He was active chiefly in Bruges from about 1484. His style follows that of Rogier van der Weyden, but he was also influenced by the taste in Antwerp for Italianate ornament. The Marriage at Cana (c. 1503; Louvre, Paris) is an example of his work.

Born in Holland, in a village near Gouda, he arrived in Bruges in 1482, married, in 1501, Cornelia Cnoop, daughter of the dean of the Goldsmiths' Guild and a miniaturist, and apart from a short stay at Antwerp, about 1515, when he was admitted to the Painters' Guild, spent his working life in that decaying but still wealthy city. Tranquil and highly detailed, his art takes elements from van Eyck, van der Weyden, and Memling, late works also suggesting the influence of Quinten Massys. Famous paintings are the panels ordered by the magistrates of Bruges for the Hall of Justice depicting the arrest and punishment of the corrupt judge Sisamnes (Bruges, Musée Communal) and the Baptism of Christ, also in Bruges. Some miniatures are attributed to him.

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