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Ornament and the Grotesque: Fantastical Decoration from Antiquity to Art Nouveau


Ornament and the Grotesque: Fantastical Decoration from Antiquity to Art Nouveau

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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:

Roman Origins p. 8
The 'Fantastic' in the Middle Ages p. 54
The Discovery of the Domus Aurea p. 90
Raphael and the Golden Age p. 120
A Return to Classicism p. 196
The Rococo: Arabesques, Singeries and Chinoiseries p. 218
Neoclassicism: Ancient Forms and Nem Thoughts p. 244
The 19th-Century Revival p. 270
Glossary p. 288
Bibliography p. 290
Picture Credits p. 301
Index of Names p. 303
Index of Places p. 306
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Переплет: Hardcover, 28 x 33.5 cm
Количество страниц: 308, color illustrations: 250
Язык: English

ISBN: 978-0-500-23856-1

Орнаметы и гротеск

Издательство: Thames&Hudson

Цена: 3550руб

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