GERARD DAVID, who was the first in Bruges after Memlinc's death, has been rediscovered by recent research. He had been forgotten for centuries. Carel van Mander only says: "In olden times there was a certain Gerard of Bruges of whom I know no more than that Pieter Pourbus was heard to praise him highly as an excellent painter." The 'discovery' of this painter is a fine example of the successful collaboration between style criticism and documentary research, which marched independently but struck in unison. We owe the documentary evidence almost exclusively to James Weale, who since 1863 has been publishing material extracted from the Bruges archives. We owe its stylistic compilation to other experts. Finally, in his book published in 1905 (by Bruckmann in Munich), Von Bodenhausen successfully and with discerning insight combined the results. The master's oeuvre now comprises more than fifty items.
|1460 (approx.)|| Gerard, the son of Jan David, was born at Oudewater|
in Southern Holland. In the Rouen panel, painted
in 1509, his self-portrait has been detected. He looks
about fifty, which gives an approximate date for
|1483||His name is first mentioned at Bruges.|
|1484||On January 14, Master in the St. Luke guild, Bruges.|
|1488-98||Commissions for the city of Bruges.|
|1488-1501||Honorary offices in the guild.|
|1496||Married Cornelia Cnoop, the daughter of a distinguished goldsmith.|
|1509||Altar panel for the Carmelite nuns, the picture that|
is now in the museum at Rouen.
|1515||Stay at Antwerp (at least there is an entry referring to a Gerard of Bruges who is generally identified with David).|
|1523||Died on August 13.|