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Jacques Daret
Flemish Early Renaissance Tournai School painter
Flemish, (c. 1401-1403–1468)
Jacques Daret was born c. 1401-03 in Tournai, Flanders, into a family of sculptors and wood carvers long active in his native city. The first recorded date associated with Daret is 1418, when he entered the household of Robert Campin (formerly identified as the Master of Flémalle) as an unpaid valet and companion. He remained there until 1426, when he received the clerical tonsure and went on a pilgrimage to Aachen. The next year Campin accepted Daret as an apprentice, and he trained alongside Rogelet de la Pasture (better known as Rogier van der Weyden). In November 1432 Daret became a free master in the Tournai Guild of St. Luke, receiving the singular honor of being appointed Dean of the Corporation on the same day. Daret immediately established a flourishing and highly regarded atelier in Tournai and soon also established a second atelier in the Burgundian town of Arras. Between 1441 and c. 1460-61, he may have been active primarily in the latter workshop. It was in Arras, in the mid-1430s, that Jean du Clercq, the Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of St.-Vaas, commissioned an altarpiece of related paintings, four of which survive. In addition to painting altarpieces and portraits, Daret and his workshop also were active in the designing of tapestry cartoons and manuscript illuminations. In 1468, he was in Bruges, in joint charge of artistic preparations for the marriage of Charles the Bold. Daret died, probably in Tournai, in either 1468 or 1470.

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Portrait of a Lady HC.P.1923.01.(O)

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