Né Gheeraedt, ou Geerart Janszoon, à Oudewater vers 1450, Gérard David semble avoir pris le prénom de son père David comme patronyme peu après son inscription à la guilde des imagiers et selliers de Bruges en 1484. Peintre, dessinateur et probablement miniaturiste classifié parmi les primitifs flamands, il est mort à Bruges le 13 août 1523.
Gerard David (c.1450-1523) was an Early Netherlandish painter and manuscript illuminator known for his brilliant use of color. Only a bare outline of his life survives, although some facts are known. He may have been the "Meester gheraet van brugghe" who became a master of the Antwerp guild in 1515. He was very successful in his lifetime and probably ran two workshops, in Antwerp and Bruges. His reputation diminished in the 17th century until he was rediscovered in the 19th century.