Rogier Van Der Weyden was a famous and influential Netherlandish painter in the 15th century. He was so popular that he even surpassed Jan van Eyck in popularity. At one point, he surpassed his mentor (Robert Campin) in his abilities, and also influenced him. One of his best known works is The Descent from the Cross (originally made for the King of Spain). After he moved to Brussels in 1435, his reputation quickly rose because of his technical skill and emotional use of line and color. When he was commissioning portraits, he often would soften facial features, enlarge eyes, and give more contours and stronger jaw to the person than they may have actually had in real life. In this way, he would make his subjects look more “beautiful.” His paintings had great influence in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain because of his popular religious concepts and strong expressive paintings that would be used to convey lots of emotions. I think that his usage of color and attention to detail, had a great affect when he wanted to convey a particular message. Although a great artist of his time, many of his artworks were destroyed during the late 17th century.
The Beaune Altarpiece, c. 1445–1450
The Descent from the Cross (c. 1435)
St.Ivo (c. 1450)
Virgin and Child, after 1454
Portrait of a Woman with a Winged Bonnet