Flemish School, 15th century, male.
Born 1399 or 1400, in Tournai; died 18 June 1464, in Brussels.
Painter. Religious subjects, portraits.
Originally known as Rogier de la Pasture, this artist later changed his Walloon name to the Flemish Rogier van der Weyden, the name by which he is generally known today. It was long believed that he had been born in Brussels because he studied under Jean van Eyck, his elder by 13 years. It has been shown more recently that Van der Weyden was born in Tournai and, with Jacques Daret, was the pupil of Robert Campin. At the moment when the Van Eyck brothers were painting their masterpieces in Ghent, another school, one of the greatest representatives of which was Robert Campin, was flowering in Tournai. Recent research has made it possible to identify Campin with the anonymous artist originally known by the name 'Master of the Mérode Altar' and later as the 'Master of Flémalle'. While we known the names of Campin's pupils, we do not know those of his masters. The quality of his work speaks for itself in paintings like the ...