Rogier van der Weyden

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Rogier van der Weyden – an early Nertherlandish painter

Rogier van der Weyden, a leading Flemish painter of the mid-15th century, added a new spiritual quality to the works of his time. He greatly influenced painting both in Flanders and throughout Europe. Rogier was born in about 1400 in Tournai, France. In 1427 he joined the workshop of Robert Campin, who was Tournai's leading painter. Neither Campin nor Rogier signed his works as Rogier's early style is so similar to Campin's. The great Jan van Eyck was also a big influence on Rogier. 

One of the internationally famous artists

He became an independent master of the painters guild in 1432, and by 1435 he had settled in Brussels. The next year he was appointed as the official city painter. Except for a trip to Rome in 1450, he remained in Brussels for the rest of his life. His celebrated 'Descent from the Cross,' most probably his finest religious work. In Rome, he may have worked for Italian patrons. He painted a portrait of Francesco d'Este, and 'Madonna and Child with Four Saints' managed the arms of the Medici family. Both the 'Madonna' and 'The Deposition in the Tomb' show the influence of Fra Angelico upon him. After all his famous works, he became famous, and in the last 15 years of his life, he enjoyed the attention and reward of the internationally famous painter. After that, he received many commissions and made them successful with the help of this son, peter; because of his arts, the Flemish style got popular all over Europe and other parts of the world. He died on June 18th, 1464, in Brussels but himself popular. People still remember him as a great painter.

Famous artwork

  • Portrait of a young woman in the pinned hat – 1435
  • Man holding book – 1449
  • Portrait of a woman – 1464
  • Lamentation of christ – 1460-1463
  • Portraits of Charles the bold - 1460