Biography of Francken, Frans, I (Flemish painter, 1542-1616)
|Name||Francken, Frans, I (Flemish painter, 1542-1616)|
A distinguished member of a family of Flemish painters; he is known mainly for his religious and historical paintings. While his early works were life-size, his later ones were small, crowded with exotic figures, and often done on copper.
The artist became a master in the Antwerp Guild of St. Luke in 1567. Together with his brother Ambrosius I, Marten de Vos and Frans Floris, they were the most important painters in Counter-Reformation Catholic Antwerp. Besides large scale ecclesiastical commissions, Francken also painted court portraits and small-scale cabinet pictures.