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Ornament and the Grotesque

Zamperini, Alessandra

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ISBN 10: 0500238561 / ISBN 13: 9780500238561
Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd
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2008. Hardcover. Reveals the key periods, influences and artists that shaped grotesque ornament, from its origins in Roman and medieval art to the discovery of the Golden House, the Classical revival and its most important stylistic developments between the 15th and 19th centuries. Num Pages: 308 pages, 246 illustrations, 242 in colour. BIC Classification: AC; AFT. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 315 x 279 x 33. Weight in Grams: 2774. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780500238561

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Title: Ornament and the Grotesque

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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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. 250 color illustrations.

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

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