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Diana and Actaeon
Photo credit: Christ Church, University of Oxford

Diana and Actaeon

Frans Floris the elder (c.1517–1570)

Christ Church, University of Oxford

Netherlandish family of artists active in Antwerp. The most important members were the brothers Cornelis (b Antwerp, c.1514; d Antwerp, 20 Oct. 1575) and Frans (b Antwerp, 1519/20; d Antwerp, 1 Oct. 1570). Both spent some time in Rome and returned to Antwerp with a desire to emulate the Italian Renaissance manner. Cornelis was an architect and sculptor and also published engravings of Italianate motifs, which were used by many northern artists. He is famous principally as the architect of Antwerp Town Hall (1561–5), the finest and most influential building of the 16th century in Flanders. Frans was a painter and studied with Lambert Lombard before going to Italy, where he was overwhelmed by Michelangelo's Last Judgement (he was in Rome at about the time it was unveiled in 1541).

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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