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 century.
In 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 Europe.
This 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 Nouveau.
Table of Contents:
The 'Fantastic' in the Middle Ages
The Discovery of the Domus Aurea
Raphael and the Golden Age
A Return to Classicism
The Rococo: Arabesques, Singeries and Chinoiseries
Neoclassicism: Ancient Forms and Nem Thoughts
The 19th-Century Revival
Index of Names
Index of Places
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Переплет: Hardcover, 28 x 33.5 cm
Количество страниц: 308, color illustrations: 250