Auricular Cartouche with Figures within a Strapwork Frame from Veederley Veranderinghe van grotissen ende Compertimenten. Libro Primo
After Cornelis Floris II (Netherlandish, Antwerp before 1514–1575 Antwerp)
Johannes van Doetecum the elder (Netherlandish, active 1554–ca. 1600, died 1605)
Lucas van Doetecum (Netherlandish, active 1554–72, died before 1589)
Overall: 14 7/16 x 11 7/16 x 5/16 in. (36.6 x 29 x 0.8 cm)
Albums, Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Purchase, Anne and Carl Stern Gift, 1959
Not on view
In his early career in Antwerp, the sculptor Cornelis Floris proved himself to be one of the most inventive designers of ornament. He took inspiration from Italian grotesque decorations and developed his very own vocabulary of, often exotic, creatures which inhabit a world of strapwork. Invertebrates and sea creatures play a prominent role in the designs, which illustrates the contemporary taste for the bizarre, but may also have be connected with Antwerp’s success in trade by sea. This particular type of grotesques became characteristic for Antwerp during the 1540s and 1550s, and is sometimes even specifically referred to as Floris grotesques, although several hands can be distinguished in extant designs.
New Hollstein (Doetecum) part 1.24.28 ii; SKB 211 (1); Hedicke p. 16, pl. IV.6; Collijn 58; Hollst. VI 250.14-41; Jessen 374a
Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Katalog der Ornamentstich-sammlung der Staatlichen Kunstbibliothek Berlin. Berlin and Leipzig, 1939, cat. no. 211 (1).
F. W. H. Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings, and Woodcuts, 1450-1700. 2008, cat. no. (Doetecum) part 1.24.28 ii.