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Second generation

Willem Maelwael had a daughter, Metta, and a son, who was also an artist who worked in his father's studio. His name was Jan Maelwael. The work of this talented young man attracted a lot of attention, prompting the Duchess of Gelre, Katharina of Beieren, to recommend him to her cousin Isabella, the Queen of France. This led in 1396 to an important commission from Isabella of Beieren, and Jan set off for Paris. A year later, the Duke of Burgundy, Philip the Bold, took Jan into his service and transferred him to Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, where his career really took off. Not only was he one of the highest paid artists in France, he also attained an official function at the ducal court.

He did his most important work for the Carthusian monastery of Champmol, near Dijon, where he worked with prominent artists such as Jean de Beaumetz and Claus Sluter, the sculptor from Haarlem. Sources of the time indicate that he was extraordinarily productive and greatly admired. Unfortunately, not a single painting that can be definitively attributed to him remains because he never signed his work, which was the custom at the time. There are several credible candidates, such as a tondo with an image of the Pietà in the Louvre in Paris and a Madonna with Angels in Berlin.

Thus Jan Maelwael carried on the artistic tradition of his father and uncle. When Philip the Bold died in 1404, his son, John the Fearless, succeeded him. In 1405, Jan returned to Nijmegen, where he married Heilwig van Redinchaven, with whom he had four children. Jan Maelwael died in 1415 in Dijon, where he had been living with his family. John the Fearless continued to pay a pension to his survivors.

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