CORT, Cornelis
(b. 1536, Hoorn, d. 1578, Roma)


Rijksprentenkabinet, Amsterdam

The Five Senses was a time-honoured subject in European art. By the late sixteenth century, this subject became popular in graphic art, especially among artists in the Southern Netherlands. Cort's engraving after a design of Frans Floris typify the earlier approach to this subject matter as each sense is personified by a female allegorical figure of dignified, classical beauty, accompanied by attributes.

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