Gerard David

c1460 Born in Oudewater near Gouda in the northern Netherlands.

1484 Gerard David is admitted as a member of the Guild of Painters (the Guild of St Luke) in Bruges.

1488 He is appointed as a juror of the painters’ guild. Commissioned to produce a large diptych (probably the Judgment of Cambyses) for the town hall of Bruges.

1494 Moves to a house in St Jorisstraat near to that of Memling.

1501 Becomes dean of the Guild of St Luke in Bruges.

1502 The Baptism triptych is commissioned by Jan de Trompes, the Receiver- general of Flanders.

1507 or 8 David becomes a member of the Brotherhood of the Dry Tree – a religious society many of whose members are from the aristocracy.

1509 David donates his painting of Virgo inter Virgines to a Carmelite convent in Bruges.

1515 A ‘Master Gerard of Bruges’ becomes a member of the Guild of St Luke in Antwerp. This was almost certainly Gerard David who may have spent some time in the city but did not move his home from Bruges.

1520 David is briefly imprisoned as a result of a legal dispute with his assistant Ambrosius Benson.

1523 Dies in Bruges.



Country, Region or State:

NetherlandsDuchy of BurgundyFlanders

Gerard David - Selected Works

1480s Christ Nailed to the Cross, London, National Gallery

c1480–85 Nativity, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1480–85 Pilate’s Dispute with the High Priest, Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts

1480–85 The Holy Women and St John at Golgotha, Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts

1490 Madonna and Child, Berlin, Staatliche Museen

1490 The Nativity, Budapest, Museum of Fine Arts

1495 Triptych of the Sedano Family, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1498 Judgment of Cambyses, Bruges, Groeningemuseum

1500 Adoration of the Magi, Brussels, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts

1500 The Marriage at Cana, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1501 Canon Bernardinus de Salviatis and Three Saints, London, National Gallery

1505 Triptych of Jan des Trompes, Bruges, Groeningemuseum

1505 The Annunciation, New York Guggenheim Museum

c1502–7 Altarpiece of the Baptism of Christ, Bruges, Groeningemuseum

1509 Virgo inter Virgines, Rouen, Musée des Beaux-Arts

c1510 The Archangel Michael (Altarpiece) , Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

c1510 Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor (Mystic Marriage of St Catherine), London, National Gallery

1510 The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Washington DC , National Gallery of Art

1510–15 The Deposition, New York, Frick Collection

1510–15 Virgin and Child with Four Angels, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1515 Crucifixion, Berlin, Staatliche Museen

1515 Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

1515–23 The Adoration of the Kings, London, National Gallery

Gerard David - Featured Paintings

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