Plate of Ornaments and Grotesques, 1556-1557


The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fundexpand_more  P.77.3.1

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The Netherlands developed its own version of the grotesque, characterized by heavy, three-dimensional forms. Cornelis Floris pioneered the style in Antwerp, inspired by a visit to Rome in 1538. An architect as well as a sculptor, Floris populated this superstructure with satyrs, caryatids, terms, and masks. Some of his favorite devices are also visible--string, birds with string, holes, and figures enclosed by straps. In the upper cavity, smoke trails from Vulcan's forge.

Plate of Ornaments and Grotesques
Artist Life
about 1513-1575
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Curator Approved

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