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Vlakdecoratie en grafmonumenten

  • Object:

    Engraving

  • Place of origin:

    Antwerp (published)

  • Date:

    1557 (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:

    29170:7

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 18

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

Engraving

Place of Origin

Antwerp (published)

Date

1557 (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 'H' in the lower left corner of the plate.

Dimensions

Height: 30.2 cm To plate mark, Width: 20.6 cm To plate mark

Object history note

Cornelis Floris was a leading Antwerp architect and sculptor who helped to pioneer strapwork (case 23) as well as the fleshy style. This print may depict the type of fantastic wagon used in carnival processions.

Descriptive line

Cornelis Floris, after. Plate from a suite of 14, including title plate, of grotesque ornament, monuments and epitaphs, entitled 'Vlakdecoratie en grafmonumenten'. Engraving by Lucas or Johannes van Doetechum after Cornelis Floris, published in Antwerp by Hieronymus Cock, 1557.

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.65, cat. no.76.8.

Labels and date

1.
PRINT: A FANTASY SCENE
Low Countires, 1556
Engraving by Lucas of Johannes Duetecum after Cornelis Floris (1514-75), published in Antwerp by Hieronymus Cock, From the set Veelderley Veranderinhe van grotissen ende Compertimenten . . . . Libro Primo ('many variation of grottoes and compartments . . . . Book One')

Cornelis Floris was a leading Antwerp architect and sculptor who helped to pioneer strapwork (case 23) as well as the fleshy style. This print may depict the type of fantastic wagon used in carnival processions.

29170.7 []

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’).

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Wagons; Strapwork; Grotesques; Carnival

Categories

Prints; Ornament prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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