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Ornament and the Grotesque: Fantastical Decoration from Antiquity to Art Nouveau A lavish survey of the grotesque style in European painting and decoration, from Roman times to the late nineteenth centuryIn the fifteenth century, the ruins of Nero s Domus Aurea were discovered in Rome The first explorers to enter the interior of this spectacular palace complex had the sensation of finding themselves in a series of grottoes, and this is why the fanciful frescoes and floor mosaics discovered there were called grotesques A fashionable form of ornamentation in ancient Rome, grotesques consist of loosely connected motifs, often incorporating human figures, birds, animals, and monsters, and arranged around medallions filled with painted scenes Fifteenth century artists such as Perugino, Signorelli, Filippino Lippi, and Mantegna copied the ancient Roman examples the most famous use of the style was Raphael s Loggie in the Vatican Palace, which became immensely famous and influential all over EuropeThis magnificently illustrated book covers the entire history of the grotesque in European art, from its Roman origins through the Renaissance to the late nineteenth century It illuminates how grotesque decoration was transformed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries into arabesque, chinoiserie, and singeries, and how it continued in the nineteenth century, leading eventually to Art Nouveaucolor illustrations

  • Hardcover
  • Ornament and the Grotesque: Fantastical Decoration from Antiquity to Art Nouveau
  • Alessandra Zamperini
  • English
  • 07 April 2019
  • 0500238561

About the Author: Alessandra Zamperini

Alessandra Zamperini teaches art history at the University of Verona and has lectured and published widely on Italian art


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