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Attributed to school of Floris, Frans, the elder (Flemish painter and printmaker, ca. 1519-1570) , Feast of Fools

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Title Feast of Fools
Collection Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon
Artist Attributed to school of Floris, Frans, the elder (Flemish painter and printmaker, ca. 1519-1570)
Previously attributed to Eyk, Abraham van der (Dutch artist, active early 18th century)
Previously attributed to Heemskerck, Egbert van, the elder (Dutch painter, born 1634 or 1635, died 1704, also active in England)
Date Earliest about 1540
Date Latest about 1570
Description A carnavalesque theme showing thirteen jesters in costume. Some in cap and bells. A central figure carries a small animal, possibly a monkey. They pull various contorted and grotesque expressions.
Current Accession Number STRST:SBT1993-31/316
Former Accession Number STRST:Picture No. 158; SBT 1872-1;SBT 316
Subject everyday life (carnival, jesters)
Measurements 30.0 x 43.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by J. O. Halliwell 1871/72.
Notes Inscription on back: 'Curious painting of the time of Albrecht Durer, probably by Ab. Eyk, representing a Feast of Fools, or jesters, of several noble families. The caption states that this is an early 17th century painting by a follower of Frans Floris. However, Frans Floris died in 1570. The attribution to Frans Floris is doubtful. See Frans Floris' Two Court Fools, Detroit Institute of Art.
Rights Owner Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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