Rare Frans Floris Engraving Entitled “Gesta Romanarum” 1558
Very Rare 16th Century Original Engraving of Flemish old master Frans Floris de Vriendt (1516 – 1570)(Frans Floris the Elder) work known as “Gesta Romanarum” | Description: Engraving: The dead King and his sons; a naked bearded man tied to a tree and shot with an arrow with a group of figures before him; one of the figures has a quiver of arrows and bow; a man converses with a bearded elder who gestures with his finger
Gesta Romanorum is a Latin collection of anecdotes and tales that was probably compiled about the end of the 13th century or the beginning of the 14th. It still possesses a two-fold literary interest, first as one of the most popular books of the time, and secondly as the source, directly or indirectly, of later literature, in Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, Giovanni Boccaccio, Thomas Hoccleve, William Shakespeare, and others.
Of its authorship nothing certain is known. It is conjecture to associate it either with the name of Helinandus or with that of Petrus Berchorius (Pierre Bercheure). It is debated whether it took its rise in England, Germany or France.
Artist / Maker
Frans Floris de Vriendt