The man who has to decide between virtues and vices

The man who has to decide between virtues and vicesAllegoria dell'abdicazione di Carlo V

Allegoria dell’abdicazione di Carlo V Chamber of Art and Curiosities.

Chamber of Art and Curiosities. Death and the Merchant

Death and the Merchant Frans Francken the Elder The Battle of Time against Death

Frans Francken the Elder The Battle of Time against Death Monkey's Feast

Monkey’s Feast Monkeys playing backgammon

Monkeys playing backgammon Preziosenwand II

Preziosenwand    The Damned Being Cast into Hell

The Damned Being Cast into Hell The interior of a picture gallery with connoisseurs admiring paintings

The interior of a picture gallery with connoisseurs admiring paintingsThe story of the prodigal son

The story of the prodigal son

Frans Francken the Younger (Antwerp, 1581 – Antwerp, 6 May 1642) was a Flemish painter and the best-known member of the large Francken family of artists. He played an important role in the development of Flemish art in the first half of the 17th century through his innovations in genre painting and introduction of new subject matter. Francken was born in Antwerp where he trained with his father Frans Francken the Elder] He may also have trained with his uncle Hieronymus Francken I in Paris, together with his brother Hieronymus Francken II. He became a master in the Antwerp Guild of Saint Luke in 1605 and was deacon of the Guild in 1616.Francken was a very successful artist and operated a large workshop which made many copies of his original compositions. His pupils included Daniel Hagens (1616/17), the Monogrammist N.F., his brother Hieronymus II and his son Frans III.Frans Francken the Younger was a versatile artist who practised in many genres and introduced new subjects into Flemish art. Many of his works are small historical, allegorical and biblical cabinet paintings with the focus on figures. He also invented or popularized several new themes that became popular in Flemish painting, such as genre scenes populated by monkeys (also referred to as singeries) and Kunstkammer or gallery paintings displaying a wealth of natural and artistic treasures against a neutral wall. Frans Francken the Younger introduced many other unusual themes that later became popular, such as the ‘Triumphal Procession of Amphitrite’ and ‘Croesus and Solon’. Francken also made a series of paintings depicting witches and witchcraft, including portrayals of witches’ sabbats

The Triumph of Bacchus

The Triumph of Bacchus The Triumph of Neptune and Amphitrite

The Triumph of Neptune and Amphitrite The Triumph Of Neptune

The Triumph Of Neptune

Frans Francken el Joven (Amberes, 1581–6 de mayo 1642) es un pintor barroco flamenco, el más conocido y fructífero de los Francken, familia de artistas.Aprendió con su padre, Frans Francken el Viejo, cuyo estilo cultivó en un primer momento. Se hizo maestro en 1605. En 1614 aparece como decano de la guilda de San Lucas, (gremio de pintores de Amberes). Su padre murió en 1616. Cultivó varios géneros. Muchas de sus obras son pequeñas pinturas de gabinete históricas, alegóricas y bíblicas, cuyo centro de atención son las figuras. En un momento posterior de su vida pintó también grandes cuadros para iglesias. Francken colaboró con frecuencia con otros artistas, añadiendo figuras a obras de Pieter Neefs el Viejo (Viático en el interior de una iglesia del Museo del Prado) Tobias Verhaecht y Abraham Govaerts.También inventó o popularizó varios temas nuevos que se hicieron populares en la pintura flamenca, como las obras de género pobladas por monos (más tarde imitadas por David Teniers el Joven. Pero, sobre todo, se le conoce por sus Kunstkamer o «galerías de arte», esto es, cuadros que representan con gran minuciosidad una riqueza de tesoros naturales y artísticos, de valor histórico y cultural, con un fondo neutro. Los formatos son medianos o pequeños. Gracias a estas obras se pueden conocer las colecciones de arte de la nobleza y los ricos burgueses de la época.Su estilo se caracteriza por una composición suelta, rico colorido y formas elegantes. Los ojos de las personas los pinta de una manera muy característica, con puntos negros en caras finas.