- Ursula Härting
Flemish family of artists. The fact that the same Christian names occurred in three generations of painters who used identical signatures has caused a great deal of confusion in attributing their various works. It is still not possible to distinguish between all members of the family reliably, as signed and dated works are not available for some of the family members. Several of them were also active in France. Nicholas Francken (b Herentals, c. 1510/20; d Antwerp, 12 March 1596) moved to Antwerp with his family in the early 1560s; he taught three of his sons to paint, (1) Hieronymus Francken I, (2) Frans Francken I and (3) Ambrosius Francken I, who were also apprenticed to Frans Floris in Antwerp c. 1560. In the next generation, all the sons of Frans Francken I were artists: Thomas Francken (b Antwerp, 28 Feb 1574; d Antwerp, c. 1625...