•Burgundy ,contained parts of what is now know as Belgium , the Netherland and Luxembourg and some of Northern France. From the end of thefourteenth century to the end of the fifteenth century , it was ruled by the Burgundian dukes, many owned their heritage to the House ofValois, a French Royal house.
- Bruges was the world center of commerce.The magnificent court attracted the very best artists,
especially Bruges, masters such as Gerard David ( official
court painter ) and Hans Memling were appointed to paint
pictures of the courts and Duke’s family . Gerard even had
to go to Portugal to paint Philip’s future wife’s portrait.
Additionally the famous Van Eyck brothers were patrons of
Burgundian patronage meant that books (beautifully
illustrated manuscripts of a religious nature ) were plentiful