THE RENAISSANCE PERIOD IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN EUROPE
In Central Europe Renaissance elements were introduced by native architects around 1510 into largely Gothic buildings, while contact with Italian trading centres, particularly Venice, inspired several examples.
The Austrian Habsburgs continued the tradition of importing Italian architects as well as craftsmen and as their power increased they produced magnificent examples of the style.
Town Hall Antwerp was designed in 1561 by Cornelis Floris, the most distinguished architect and sculptor of the century in the Low Countries.
It is a magnificent building of great width. The centre is dominated by the imposing three-storey frontispiece, Doric, Ionic and Corinthian with attached half-columns in a continuous triumphal arch motif.