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Melchior Broederlam - Dutch Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Melchior Broederlam (1355 - 1411)

Melchior Broederlam was a prolific artist who spent the majority of his career employed by Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. Despite his success, only two of his works survive and both came from an altarpiece created for the Chartteuse de Champol in Dijon. His early career included a lengthy stay in Italy, where he adopted a sense of space and use of modelling influenced by Trecento painting. From 1381 he was court painter to Louis de Mâle, Duke of Brabant, and from Louis's death in 1384 worked for his son-in-law and successor, Philip the Bold, although he remained based in Ypres, doing much work, mostly decorative, at Philip's now vanished chateau at Hesdin, which was full of elaborate mechanical devices, of what we might today call a fairground nature, which needed painting.

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