Cornelis Floris de Vriendt (1514-1575), the famous Flemish sculptor, architect and draftsman, is thought to have designed the Antwerp Town Hall between 1561 and 1566.
The Antwerp Town Hall was the principal work of architecture in the southern Netherlands of the 16th century. Floris is the name of an Antwerp family of noted stonemasons, architects, sculptors, and painters. Floris de Vriendt, patriarch of the family, was a 15th-century stonemason. Cornelis was his great-grandson.
Frans Floris the Elder (1516-1570), Cornelis's brother, was a painter. A pupil of Lambert Lombard, the Romanist painter, he followed Lombard to Rome in 1538. On his return in 1540, he joined the Antwerp painters' guild and remained active in his native city until his death. Works such as the large “Fall of the Rebel Angels” (1554; Musee Royal des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp) or the “Last Judgement” (1565; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna) are characteristic of his Romanist mannerism. Frans's brothers, Jan and Jacob, two sons, two nephews, and a grandnephew, were all practicing artists in Antwerp.
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