Gerard David b.c. 1460, Oudewater, Neth.
d.Aug. 13, 1523, Bruges
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Netherlandish painter. He is known as the last of the Flemish Primitives. Although born in the northern Netherlands, he moved to Bruges as a young man, and most of his work expresses the impassive, unmannered, microscopically realistic approach peculiar to south Netherlandish art in the time of Jan van Eyck. David was skilled at synthesizing the art of several important south Netherlandish predecessors, adapting, for instance, the compositions of van Eyck and the technique of Hugo van der Goes. He was also influenced by Hans Memling, whose example led him to refine and polish his cruder northern Netherlandish style and to adopt the popular theme of the Virgin and Child enthroned. Our Lady of the Fly, Our Lady of the Fly, attributed to Gerard David and/or someone of the circle of Jan Mabuse, c. 1520; Isabella I of Castile is featured to the lower right, in a green dress.