ARCHITECT, Flemish
(active 1580s in Antwerp)

Guildhalls

1580
Photo
Grote Markt, Antwerp

The main characteristic of non-religious architecture in the seventeenth-century Southern Netherlands is its conservative nature, in sharp contrast with the new monumentality in ecclesiastical building. Until about the middle of the seventeenth century the most striking examples of civic architecture were mainly to be seen in Antwerp. Stylistic differentiation is almost entirely restricted to decorative ornament, the presence or absence of which was directly related to the financial resources of the owner.

Mannerist ornamentation gained its great opportunity in Antwerp in the years after the 'Spanish Fury' of 1576 which had destroyed much of the centre of the town. Examples of the rebuilding can still be seen round the Grote Markt.




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