Robert Campin

c. 1375-1444 Belgium/Northern Renaissance

 

Brief Biography-It is uncertain where Robert Campin was born, but he was working in Tournai from 1406. He became a citizen of Tournai in 1410. In 1428, being married to Elisabeth de Stochem, he received fines for an extramarital affair. In 1432, the court expelled him from Tournai for a year due to a licentious lifestyle. The countess Hainault, Jacqueline of Bavaria later got him off with a fine.

Three paintings in Frankfurt that were assumed to have come from Flémalle close to Liège earned him the title Master of Flémalle after being attributed to him. There is evidence Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden influenced him. Van Eyck's influence is seen particularly in the mirror of the left-hand panel of the Werl altarpiece. Van der Weyden, known as Roger de la Pasture, along with Jacques Daret were his pupils in Tournai. His most well-known work is the Mérode Altarpiece, now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Most of Campin's paintings are attributed to him as he never signed any of his works.

 

Click an Image to Enlarge


annunciation

annunciation

blessing christ and
praying virgin

blessing christ and praying virgin


holy trinity

holy trinity

madonna by a
grassy bank

madonna by a grassy bank


marriage of mary

marriage of mary


merode altarpiece

merode altarpiece

portrait of
a fat man

portrait of a fat man


portrait of a man

portrait of a man


portrait of a woman

portrait of a woman


saint veronica

saint veronica


seilern triptych

seilern triptych


the annunciation

the annunciation


the crucified thief

the crucified thief


the nativity

the nativity

the werl altarpiece
left wing

the werl altarpiece left wing

virgin and child
before a firescreen

virgin and child before a firescreen


virgin and child

virgin and child