Although Bouts was born in Haarlem - in present-day Netherlands - he is still remembered in the history books as one of the greatest natives of Leuven. Bouts ended up there around 1448. He married Catharina Van der Brugghen, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Together they had four children. Two of them, Dieric Junior and Aelbrecht, followed in his footsteps and also became painters. At the age of sixty, Dieric Bouts took his last breath in his house on Minderbroedersstraat in Leuven.
Throughout his life, Bouts held an important position within the city. For the last nine years of his life, he was the official city painter of Leuven. To admire his work, you must visit the most important museums in the Western world, but it can also be seen in his own Leuven. His magnum opus The Last Supper still adorns the spot for which it was painted: St. Peter’s Church in the heart of Leuven. Nearly 600 years after his death, Bouts is still at home there.