Gerard David was probably born in Oudewater. After his training in Haarlem, he establishes himself in 1484 as master in Bruges. David is the artist who summed up the 15th Century, the century of Jan van Eyck, both technically and content-wise, and at the same time already stood in the 16th Century. With the mysticism, a religious disposition for the secret and concealed, and the special attention to the landscape, he belonged with Geertgen tot Sint Jans. In addition to this, Gerard David is indisputably influenced both by the Italian Renaissance as by the ‘Flemish’ masters such as Memling and Van Eyck. Gerard David played an important role in the evolution of the landscape paintings that in the beginning of the 16th Century evolved to a self-standing genre under the influence of Joachim Patinir.