Flemish painter and designer. His father, George Bellegambe, a
cabinetmaker and musician, was a prominent citizen of Douai. Jean is
first mentioned in a document of 1504, when he is referred to as a
master painter, a burgher and married. His teacher is unknown, but
his work bears some imprint of the art of Jan Provost, who inherited
Simon Marmionís studio. However, Bellegambe might equally have been
apprenticed in Bruges or Brussels (possibly in the atelier of the
Master of the Legend of St Mary Magdalen, for example), or even in
Antwerp. The calm and serenity of Bellegambeís compositions, his
treatment of landscape, his lightness of technique, his pursuit of
clear, soft colours and delicate harmonies all indicate links with
the work of Gérard David and Quentin Massys. In the 17th century
Bellegambe was known as 'the Master of Colours'.
St Anne Conceiving the Virgin Mary
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