DAVID, Gerard
(b. ca. 1460, Oudewater, d. 1523, Bruges)

Virgin and Child with Four Angels

c. 1505
Oil on wood, 63 x 39 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The influence of Italian Renaissance art can be seen more clearly in the works of Gerard David than in those of Hans Memling, though both artists worked in Bruges for Italian patrons. Painted about 1505, this exceptionally well-preserved panel was probably commissioned by someone associated with the Carthusian monastery of Genadendal, outside the walls of Bruges and seen here in the background. The composition is based on Jan van Eyck's Virgin and Child at the Fountain of 1439 (Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp). Gerard David added a different setting with musical angels and turned the Child's head toward the viewer.