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Etching - Veelderleij Veranderinghe van grotissen ende Compertimenten ghemaeckt tot dienste van alle die de Conste beminne ende ghebruiken
  • Veelderleij Veranderinghe van grotissen ende Compertimenten ghemaeckt tot dienste van alle die de Conste beminne ende ghebruiken
    Floris, Cornelis II
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Veelderleij Veranderinghe van grotissen ende Compertimenten ghemaeckt tot dienste van alle die de Conste beminne ende ghebruiken

  • Object:

    Etching

  • Place of origin:

    Antwerp (published)

  • Date:

    1556 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Floris, Cornelis II (printmaker)
    Cock, Hieronymus (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on laid paper

  • Museum number:

    29170:5A

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 62, case 15

Cornelis Floris was born in Antwerp but spent some time in Rome in the late 1530s when he would have been exposed to examples of Ancient Roman and Renaissance grotesque decoration. The grotesque style often featured fanciful creatures -part human, part plant. The prints of Cornelis Floris have been described as having a sinister quality about them. In this example the combination of the auricular (ear-like) quality of the framework and the presence of individual figures apparently held prisoner by it, does give an unsettling effect.

Physical description

Etching

Place of Origin

Antwerp (published)

Date

1556 (published)

Artist/maker

Floris, Cornelis II (printmaker)
Cock, Hieronymus (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

F
Other plates from the same set in the V&A are lettered A to I and K to M.

Dimensions

Height: 30.7 cm size of plate, Width: 20.9 cm size of plate, Height: 32.4 cm size of sheet, Width: 22.6 cm size of sheet

Descriptive line

Etching on paper

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

D. Guimard "Les maitres ornemanistes" Paris, 1880-81, p.477 no.6
Berlin Staatliche Museen: Katalog der Ornamentstichsammlung, Berlin and Leipzig, 1936-39 no.211.1
Peter Ward Jackson, Some Main Streams and Tributaries in European Ornament from 1500 to 1750, London, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1969, 38.

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Etching; Etching

Subjects depicted

Auricular; Snails (animal); Shell (motif); Putti; Imprisonment; Fantasy; Festoons; Strapwork

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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