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David or Davit, Gerard(both: gā`rärt dä`vēt), c.1460–1523, Flemish painter, b. Oudewater, Holland. By 1484 he had established himself in Bruges, where he remained until his death. Dependent on the art of earlier Flemish painters, such as Jan van Eyck and Robert Campin, his work displays a uniform tenderness and grace. Among his notable paintings are the Madonna Enthroned (Louvre); the Virgin among the Virgins (1509, Rouen); the Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine (National Gall., London); the Annunciation (Metropolitan Mus.); and the Deposition (Frick Coll., New York City).
See E. Panofsky, Early Netherlandish Painting (1953).
Born circa 1460–70, in Oudewater, southern Holland: died Aug. 13, 1523, in Bruges. Dutch painter.
David was named town painter of Bruges in 1494. Two of his works. Judgment of Cambyses (1498) and the triptych Baptism of Christ, are in the Municipal Art Gallery of Bruges; his work The Mystic Marriage of St. Catharine is in the National Gallery in London. Even though his paintings are notable for their softness and ripeness, their masterful treatment of light, and their poetic landscape motifs, they are basically a somewhat characterless repetition of established compositional schemes of 15th-century Dutch painting.