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," a work drawn from the Gesta Romanarum, a 13th - 14th Century Latin collection of stories | 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; by Frans Floris Print made by: Balthasar van den Bos; After: Frans Floris; Published by: Jacob Spenckhuysen (Spinchusius); School/style: Netherlandish; Date: 1558; Materials: Laid Paper; Technique: Engraving; Approx. Dimensions: Height: 14.96 inches; 380 millimetres; Width: 17.7 inches; 450 millimetres; Inscription Content: Lettered on a rock at left "Francis Florus / inventor / Beltha'silvi' fecit". Below "Jacobus Spinchusius / excudebat / 1558". Below left in a cartouche ten lines of text "De vader met zÃ¿n twee sonnen ... harten / GESTA ROM CAP XV"; Bibliography: Van de Velde 1975 142; Hollstein 16; New Hollstein (Dutch & Flemish) 160 (Frans Floris); Associated Title: Gesta Romanarum; Biography of Artist: Frans Floris, Frans Floris the Elder or Frans Floris de Vriendt (1517 â€“ 1 October 1570) was a Flemish painter mainly known for his history paintings and portraits. He played an important role in the movement in Northern Renaissance painting referred to as Romanism. The Romanists had typically travelled to Italy to study the works of leading Italian High Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael and their followers. Their art assimilated these Italian influences into the Northern painting tradition. 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.