The succession of Rogier van der Weyden

After the death of Rogier van der Weyden in 1464, his studio was very probably taken in hand by his wife and son Pieter, who was also a painter. And probably the master’s assistants continued to work there.

It is thought that Pieter van der Weyden (1437–1514/16) had his apprenticeship at his father’s studio and that he worked as his side as an assistant for several years. Documentation informs us that he continued to live in his parents’ house. All we know of his activity as a painter is that in 1486 he was paid for a votive painting installed in Sainte-Gudule. However, which painting is unknown.

A proposal has been made that the Master of the Legend of St Catherine was Pieter van der Weyden as he often employed his father’s motifs, but he was not the only one to do so. Pieter van der Weyden is also a good candidate to be identified as either the Master of the Prado Adoration or the Master of the Prado Redemption. In theory, the Sforza Triptych and the wings of the Ambierle retable may also have been painted by Pieter, as well as many other works.