Victory surrounded by her Trophies
etching, 1552, on laid paper, with an indistinct countermark, a good impression of this rare print, third, final state, with the publisher's address of Carel Collaert, Antwerp
Sheet 315 x 440 mm.
Christie's, London, 29 June 1989, lot 45.
Eric. G. Stanley (1923-2018), Oxford; acquired at the above sale (through Artemis Fine Arts Ltd., London).
Hollstein 4; New Hollstein 156
C. van de Velde, Frans Floris (1519/20-1570): Leven en Werken, Brussels, 1975, no. 30.
J. van Grieken, G. Luijten, J. van der Stock (eds.), Hieronymus Cock: The Renaissance in Print, Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels, & Fondation Custodia, Paris (, 2013, no. 86 (another impression illustrated).
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Following a victory of the Habsburgs over the Ottoman Empire, Frans Floris was commissioned by the State of Genoa to contribute a painting to a triumphal arch for the entry of Charles V and his successor Philip into Antwerp in 1549. This etching, the only one created by Floris himself, is based on the design of his painting, now lost, commemorating this victory. It depicts an allegory of Victory, surrounded by trophies and the slain or captive enemies.

It is the claustrophobic density and the free and spontaneous etching style that makes the charm of this very unusual print.

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