(b. ca. 1460, Oudewater, d. 1523, Bruges)
Triptych of the Sedano Family
Oil on panel, 97 x 72 cm (central)
Musée du Louvre, Paris
Gerard David (c. 1460 – August 13, 1523) was an Early Netherlandish painter and manuscript illuminator known for his brilliant use of color.
Jean de Sedano, a Castilian merchant
commissioned from David the
Triptych of the Sedano Family. This altarpiece, with its ongoing
background landscape unifying the picture space, opposes the world of
sinners (Adam and Eve on the outside, not shown here) to the heavenly
world (the Virgin and her symbolic garden and angels) and the praying
donors depicted on the inside with St John the Baptist (left) and St
John the Evangelist (right).