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Print - Veelderley Veranderinghe van grotissen ende Compertimenten
  • Veelderley Veranderinghe van grotissen ende Compertimenten
    Floris, Cornelis II
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Veelderley Veranderinghe van grotissen ende Compertimenten

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Antwerp (published)

  • Date:

    1556 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Floris, Cornelis II (artist)
    Cock, Hieronymus (publisher)
    Doetechum, Lucas van (engraver)
    Doetechum, Jan van the elder (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    29370B

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 120

This print after Cornelis Floris is from the set Veelderleij Veranderinghe van grotissen ende Compertimenten ghemaeckt tot dienste van alle die Conste beminne ende ghebruiken (Many variations of grottoes and compartments). It was engraved by either Johannes or Lucas Duetecum, and published in Antwerp.

Ornament designs like this were copied by artisans, who applied them onto furniture, vases, textiles and so on. The theme of the grotesque was a popular one around this period. Grotesque derives from the Italian word grottesco. The style was inspired by ancient Roman designs discovered at the end of the 15th century in the underground rooms, or grottoes, of the Golden House of Emperor Nero in Rome. Grotesque ornament was used to decorate a wide range of objects, such as ceramics, and the style was much copied by Renaissance artists.

Physical description

Title plate.

Place of Origin

Antwerp (published)

Date

1556 (published)

Artist/maker

Floris, Cornelis II (artist)
Cock, Hieronymus (publisher)
Doetechum, Lucas van (engraver)
Doetechum, Jan van the elder (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered in the centre of the plate within a cartouche:

'Veelderleij Veran=/ deringhe van grotissen / ende Compertimenten ghe= / maeckt tot dienste / van alle die de / Conste beminne ende / ghebruiken. ghedruckt / bij Hieronimous Cock 1556 / Cornerlis floris Inuetor / LIBRO PRIMO'

Lettered 'A' in the lower left corner of the plate.

Lettered in the lower centre of the plate:

'CVM. G. ET PRIVILEGIO.'

Dimensions

Height: 29.3 cm To plate mark, Width: 20.6 cm To plate mark

Object history note

See V&A inventory number 29170.1 for another impression of this plate.

Descriptive line

Cornelis Floris, after. Title plate. One of nine plates of grotesque ornament from a suite of 12 entitled 'Veelderley Veranderinghe van grotissen ende'. Engraving by Lucas or Johannes van Doetechum after Cornelis Floris, published in Antwerp by Hieronymus Cock, 1556.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

de Jong, M. and de Groot, I., Ornamentprenten in het Rijksprentenkabinet I, 15de & 16de eeuw, ‘s-Gravenhage, 1988, p.63, cat. no.75.1.

Production Note

The print was engraved by either Johannes or Lucas Duetecum, after Floris. From a set of 10 plates entitled 'Veelderleij Veranderinghe van grotissen ende Compertimenten ghemaeckt tot dienste van alle die Conste beminne ende ghebruiken' (‘many variations of grottoes and compartments…Book One’).

Categories

Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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