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Virgin & Child, Gerard Davis
Date Issued: 1979-10-18
Postage Value: 15 cents

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Christmas
Virgin & Child, Gerard Davis

Gerard Davis, a Flemish painter, succeeded Hans Memling as the leading painter of Bruges. Davis is considered the last of the great Flemish primitive artists. The first known dated work by Davis consisted of two panels, The Judgment of Cambyses, conceived in 1498 as a lesson in justice and executed for the council room of the Bruges town hall. He donated to the Carmelite convent in Bruges the painting Virgin and Child in 1509. The Virgin and Child are surrounded in the painting by female saints. The artist and his wife also are included in the painting.

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