(b Augsburg, 7 May 1563; d Prague, 16 Oct 1613). German draughtsman, painter and antiquary. He was a significant figure in the Prague court of Emperor Rudolf II. The son of an Augsburg advocate, by 1580 he is documented as a fully trained miniaturist. He may have worked for Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522–1605) in Bologna before taking service (1597–1604) with the Grand Duke of Tuscany. In 1601 he was summoned to the court of Rudolf II in Prague on the recommendation of Hans von Aachen, and he was confirmed in the post of miniaturist there on 28 December 1601. After returning to Italy he continued to work for Rudolf II and was eventually appointed court miniaturist in 1603, though he does not seem to have settled in Prague until 1604. In 1607 Fröschl was appointed court antiquary: between then and 1611 he drew up the inventory (Vaduz, Samml. Liechtenstein) of Rudolf II's Kunstkammer, listing works belonging to the categories of nature (Naturalia), arts and crafts (Artefacta) and science (Scientifica). Philipp Hainhofer's account in 1610 claims that this left him hardly any time for painting. After the Emperor's death in 1612 Fröschl was accused of misappropriating items from the Kunstkammer, and of political meddling.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Renaissance Art.