FRANCKEN, Frans II
(b. 1581, Antwerpen, d. 1642, Antwerpen)

Croesus Showing his Riches to Solon

1620s
Oil on panel
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Francken's most productive period began around 1620. His compositions were assembled eclectically from a repertoire of elements used in endless repetition and variation. Besides the characteristic female heads that were already a hallmark of his work before 1620, typical male figures also appeared from now on: men in turbans, Phrygian caps or with bald heads. These figures abundantly populate the paintings which were so characteristic of these later years, as in the Croesus Showing his Riches to Solon.