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    Rogier Van der Weyden- The Early Netherlandish painter

    Introduction

    Rogier van der Weyden was a popular Netherlandish painter. The real name of Rogier Van der Weyden was Rogier de la Pasture. The best thing about Rogier van der Weyden was that he was the most influential Northern European artist who painted many amazing paintings. The famous Netherlandish painter's artwork mainly consisted of altarpieces, religious triptychs, and commissioned single & diptych portraits. Due to the amazing artwork, Weyden was highly successful during his lifetime. There were high demands for his amazing painting, and were exported to Spain and Italy, receiving high commissions for his work. 

    Early life of Rogier van der Weyden:

    Weyden created many religious, secular, and sensitive paintings and portraits. He was the son of a master cutler and spent his childhood around artisans and merchants. In 1426, Weyden acquired a university education and was honoured by the city as "Maistre Rogier de la Pasture." After his university education, he began his career as a painter and enrolled as an apprentice in the workshop. The foremost painter, Robert Campin, organized the workshop. Weyden stayed in Campin's atelier for five years to become an independent master of the guild. 

    In the year 1426, Weyden married the daughter of a Brussels shoemaker, Elisabeth. They both had four children named Corneliu, Margaretha, Pieter, and Jan. Rogier, and his family settled in Brussels before 21st October 1435. From March 1427 to August 1432, Weyden apprenticed to Robert Campin in Tournai. This popular Netherlandish painter worked for foreign princes, Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Good, and the city and church. Weyden created many powerful and effective paintings, which offered him a successful career.

     

     

    Popular artwork by Rogier van der Weyden:

    Weyden created many different artworks that are popular all over the world. Descent from the Cross' (Madrid, Prado) is considered one of his greatest works among all other works. The Descent from the Cross' (Madrid, Prado) expresses the whole altarpiece of which 'The Magdalen Reading' is a segment. During the 17th century, most of his important works were destroyed. His famous artworks are Portrait of a Woman with a Winged BonnetBraque TriptychBeaune AltarpiecePortrait of a LadySeven Sacraments Altarpiece, and much more. 

    Some of the works of Weyden were attributed to him and also had a very well-defined style of attribution which was generally accepted. Rogier van was the first artist who was mentioned in historical records in 1427. He also studied under Campin late in his life and influenced his master through his amazing paintings. In 1435, he built his reputation with his technical skills and effective and emotional use of line and colour. 

    Among Weyden's most important early works, The Magdalen Reading, is available in London National Gallery. Weyden received many awards and commissions for his artwork which offered him a successful art career. He also carried out assisting large workshops and also included his son peter and Franck van der Stock. Rogier's ideas were transformed and revitalized by Quentin Massys & Bernard van Orley during the sixteenth century. The best part of his painting was that he used a broad range of colours and varied tones in his finest painting work, aiming to offer a beautiful and impressive result. 

     

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