An allegory of the transitoriness by Frans Francken II (Flemish painter, 1581-1642) – oil on copper.
Nice original wooden frame, bordered with engraved and embossed copper, shells and Venetian mirroglass.
Francken was a Family of Flemish painters active in the 16th and 17th centuries, mainly in Antwerp. The individual contributions of the many artists in the family are often difficult to distinguish, but the two most important members were Frans I (b Herentals, 1542; d Antwerp, 2 Oct. 1616) and particularly his son Frans II (bapt. Antwerp, 6 May 1581; d Antwerp, 6 May 1642). The father mainly painted religious and historical compositions.
His early works were often large in scale; the late ones were small, usually done on copper, and crowded with exotic figures and accessories. Frans II frequently adopted his father's subjects and style, but his range was wider. He painted landscapes and genre scenes as well as historical pictures, and was also one of the first artists to use the interior of a picture gallery as a subject, giving faithful miniature reproductions of the works in the collection. His paintings were even smaller and more crowded than his father's; they were also more colourful. Frans II was frequently employed by his fellow artists in Antwerp to paint the figures in their landscapes and interiors.
Scenes with a Vanitas and / or Memento Mori were a favorite theme for painters and sculptors and presented a challenge to approach this intellectualistic genre as imaginatively as possible.
In this finely elaborated painting, elements that indicate the transience of wealth (for example the gold coins, the art objects, the luxurious decor) are combined with elements that indicate the ephemerality of life (hourglass, the skeleton…).
- A Spanish text with provenance has been written on the back of the work.
- Sold at auction house Bernaerts in Antwerp
- Collection "Château de Villers" - Schoten
Works of art by Frans II Francken in museums:
United Kingdom - National Trust, Nostell Priory
Germany - Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle
Belgium - Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts / Brussels, Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Erasmus House, National Bank Museum
Spain - Madrid, Prado Museum / Seville, Cathedral
United States - Sarasota, Ringling Museum of Art
France - Amiens: Notre-Dame Cathedral / Avignon, Calvet Museum / Châlons-en-Champagne, Garinet Museum / Dunkerque, Fine Arts Museum / Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paris, Louvre Museum / Périgueux, Musée d ' art and archeology of Périgord / Roanne, Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology Joseph-Déchelette / Saint-Omer, cathedral
Netherlands - The Hague, Mauritshuis