Frans Floris, (Frans de Vriendt)

c. 1516/20-1570 Flemish/Mannerism

 

Brief Biography-Frans Floris, Frans de Vriendt, was born in Antwerp circa 1516/20. He studied under his uncle Claudius de Vriendt as a sculptor and painting under Lambert Lombard. In 1540, the Guild of Saint Luke admitted him as a master. He visited Italy and drew inspiration from artists such as Raphael and Michelangelo. Frans witnessed the 'Last Judgment' unveiling in the Sistine chapel. On his return to Antwerp, Floris became known as the 'Flemish Raphael' or the 'Italianizer.' Now more commonly referred to as a Romanist. He was mainly a painter of religious and mythological scenes; however, he was also a portraitist. He painted scenes when Charles V and Philip II visited the Low Countries. His brother Cornelis was a highly successful architect and sculptor, the Antwerp Town Hall being his best achievement. His two sons were also artists. The Spaniards slew Jan in Brussels, and Frans settled in Rome.

 

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Venus
and Mars

Venus and Mars

Banquet of the
Gods

Banquet of the Gods

Fall of Rebellious
Angels

Fall of Rebellious Angels

The Judgment of
Paris

The Judgment of Paris

A Lady
at an Organ

A Lady at an Organ

Head of
a Woman

Head of a Woman

Family van
Berchem

The Family van Berchem

Man with
Red Cap

Man with Red Cap

Vulcan's
Forge

Venus at Vulcan's Forge


Caritas

Caritas

A
Boy

A Boy

Awakening
of the Arts

The Awakening of the Arts

Nascendo
Morimur

Nascendo Morimur

Athena at the
Muses

Athena at the Muses

Judgment
of Paris

Judgment of Paris

Let the Little
Children Copy

Let the Children Copy

The Sacrifice of
Jesus Christ

The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ-Son of God-Gathering and Protecting Mankind