David was the leading painter in Bruges at the end of the fifteenth century. His meticulous oil paintings, with their close attention to lifelike detail, were inspired in part by Jan van Eyck’s technique. The majority of paintings produced in his busy workshop were either altarpieces or small religious pictures for private devotion. Some included accomplished portraits of the paintings’ patrons. Late in his career he may have run a second workshop in Antwerp, which at the start of the sixteenth century flourished as an important commercial and artistic centre.