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Rogier van der Weyden

Rogier van der Weyden

*  1399 oder 1400 Tournai
† 1464 Brüssel

Rogier van der Weyden, also known as Rogier de la Pasture, was born in Tournai in 1399 or 1400. From 1427 to 1432 he received artistic training from the painter Robert Campin. In 1432 van der Weyden was admitted to the painters guild in Tournai. The painter married Elisabeth Lysebette Goffaert, the couple had two sons who also became artists: Jan van der Weyden (goldsmith) and Peter van der Weyden (painter). In 1436 Rogier van der Weyden was appointed city painter in Brussels. Van der Weyden was a member of the important »Broederschap H.Cruys«. After the death of his colleague Jan van Eyk, he became the leading portraitist of the Burgundian court. In 1450 the painter made a longer trip to Italy. Over the years van der Weyden became a rich man in Brussels. Rogier van der Weyden died on 18 July, 1464. He was buried in the Cathedral of St. Gudula in Brussels, in front of the altar of St. Catherine's chapel.