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"Grotesque", from Italian grottesco, literally "of a cave", is a word which originally referred to an extravagant style of Ancient Roman decorative art rediscovered and then copied in Rome at the end of the 15th century. The word first was used for paintings found on the walls of basements of Roman ruins : these "caves" were in fact rooms and corridors of the Domus Aurea, the unfinished palace complex started by Nero after the Great Fire of Rome in CE 64.

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Pair of Neo-Renaissance lamps with Grotesque decor made out of blue ceramic and gilded bronze #19thcentury #frenchantiques #lamps #grotesques #decor #interiordecoration #antique

Pair of Neo-Renaissance lamps with Grotesque decor made out of blue ceramic and gilded bronze - Lamps, standing lamps, torchers

Neo-Renaissance style.

Antique walnut fireplace with grotesques and lions heads decoration #fireplace #frenchantiques #antique #19thcentury #grotesque #wood #interiordecoration Available on #MarcMaison 's website

Antique walnut fireplace with grotesques and lions heads decoration - Wood

This exquisite Napoléon III style walnut fireplace was made during the 19th century. The upper part of the fireplace, features low-relief carvings of foilage, grotesques, and a putto feature. This upper part is supported by two detached columns, both of which are crowned with a lion's head.

Antique walnut fireplace with grotesques and lions heads decoration #fireplace #frenchantiques #antique #19thcentury #grotesque #wood #interiordecoration Available on #MarcMaison 's website

Antique walnut fireplace with grotesques and lions heads decoration - Wood

This exquisite Napoléon III style walnut fireplace was made during the 19th century. The upper part of the fireplace, features low-relief carvings of foilage, grotesques, and a putto feature. This upper part is supported by two detached columns, both of which are crowned with a lion's head.

Rare carved stone wall fountain with Green Man and dolphins decor #18thcentury #fountain #gardenantiques #frenchantiques #grotesques #decor #antique Available on #MarcMaison 's website

Rare carved stone wall fountain with Green Man and dolphins decor, 18th century - Fountains and wells

Beautiful and rare carved stone wall fountain made in the 18th century. The base face a rock pile in trompe-l'oeil on which rest three dolphins. These support the large gadrooned basin made during the 20th century. The upper part is sculpted in low-relief decorated with a Green Man and large acanthus leaves. The mascaron is adorned with a small lead gargoyle. The leafy man mask, also called Green Man especially in English speaking countries, is a popular ornament since the Middle Ages…

Detail of a tapestry with #grotesques #decor in the style of Le Berain. First half of the 18th century. Beauvais Manufactory. Louvre Museum, Paris #art #antique #museum #18thcentury #MarcMaison

grotesque

« The grotesque is a kind of free and humorous picture produced by the ancients for the decoration of vacant spaces in some position where only things placed high up are suitable. For this purpose they fashioned monsters deformed by a freak of nature or by the whim and fancy of the workers, who in these grotesque pictures make things outside of any rule, attaching the finest thread to a weight that it cannot support, to a horse legs of leaves, to a man the legs of a crane, and similar…

Panel with a medallion, 1st half of the 16th century, France. Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris #grotesques #decor #sculpture #furniture #antique #french #MarcMaison

grotesque

« The grotesque is a kind of free and humorous picture produced by the ancients for the decoration of vacant spaces in some position where only things placed high up are suitable. For this purpose they fashioned monsters deformed by a freak of nature or by the whim and fancy of the workers, who in these grotesque pictures make things outside of any rule, attaching the finest thread to a weight that it cannot support, to a horse legs of leaves, to a man the legs of a crane, and similar…

Cabinet, attributed Nicholas Sageot, Paris, circa 1710. Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris #grotesques #decor #furniture #antique #18thcentury #MarcMaison #iconography

grotesque

« The grotesque is a kind of free and humorous picture produced by the ancients for the decoration of vacant spaces in some position where only things placed high up are suitable. For this purpose they fashioned monsters deformed by a freak of nature or by the whim and fancy of the workers, who in these grotesque pictures make things outside of any rule, attaching the finest thread to a weight that it cannot support, to a horse legs of leaves, to a man the legs of a crane, and similar…

Flask with the emblem of Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrare, Louvre Museum, Paris. #grotesques #art #ceramic #antique #MarcMaison #iconography

grotesque

« The grotesque is a kind of free and humorous picture produced by the ancients for the decoration of vacant spaces in some position where only things placed high up are suitable. For this purpose they fashioned monsters deformed by a freak of nature or by the whim and fancy of the workers, who in these grotesque pictures make things outside of any rule, attaching the finest thread to a weight that it cannot support, to a horse legs of leaves, to a man the legs of a crane, and similar…

Large antique stove with blue decor enamels on white background #grotesque #decor #fireplace #antique #19thcentury Available on #MarcMaison website

Large antique stove with bleu decor enamels on white background - Ceramic-iron

This large stove in enamelled ceramic is quite exceptional. Made in the 19th century in France, this stove is decorated with ceramic tiles in shades of blue on a white background. The painted decoration of Neo-Renaissance inspiration is extremely rich, and includes grotesque figures, chimera, bucolic landscapes, birds, vases filled with flowers, and foliated scrolls. In the middle of the upper lintel is a representation of Aphrodite on her chariot. Terms and putti are also represented in the…

Boudoir of Marie Antoinette at Fontainebleau. The decor was inspired by the…

Antonio Tempesta, Grotesques, 1579-1580. Uffizi Gallery, Firenze #art #grotesques #decor #painting #azrtist

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Casino Loggia at Villa Farnese in Caprarola, Italy, 1584.  Grotesques have been used as outdoor decoration as well, such as at the casino at Villa Farnese in Caprarola, Italy.

THE FINE ART OF GROTESQUES

For thousands of years, grotesques have captivated viewers for their elegantly orchestrated composition, combination of fantastical, man-made and natural elements, and juxtaposition of artistic restraint and unbridled exuberance. Here are some examples of what has become a very uncommon art form, also known as the Fourth Pompeian Style. These first several examples are from the Domus Aurea (Nero's...

Panel at window jamb at Villa Farnesina by Raphael, Rome, 1506–1510 #grotesques #art #decor #antique #painting

THE FINE ART OF GROTESQUES

For thousands of years, grotesques have captivated viewers for their elegantly orchestrated composition, combination of fantastical, man-made and natural elements, and juxtaposition of artistic restraint and unbridled exuberance. Here are some examples of what has become a very uncommon art form, also known as the Fourth Pompeian Style. These first several examples are from the Domus Aurea (Nero's...

Raphael at the Vatican Loggia, Vatican, 1518-19 #grotesques #decor #art #painting #antique

THE FINE ART OF GROTESQUES

For thousands of years, grotesques have captivated viewers for their elegantly orchestrated composition, combination of fantastical, man-made and natural elements, and juxtaposition of artistic restraint and unbridled exuberance. Here are some examples of what has become a very uncommon art form, also known as the Fourth Pompeian Style. These first several examples are from the Domus Aurea (Nero's...

Giovanni da Udine in the Loggia di Raffaello, Vatican, 1517-19.  The Domus Aurea paintings inspired Raphael and da Udine’s work at the Vatican.  Giovanni da Udine was a student and assistant of Raphael. #grotesques  #decor #art #painting #antique

THE FINE ART OF GROTESQUES

For thousands of years, grotesques have captivated viewers for their elegantly orchestrated composition, combination of fantastical, man-made and natural elements, and juxtaposition of artistic restraint and unbridled exuberance. Here are some examples of what has become a very uncommon art form, also known as the Fourth Pompeian Style. These first several examples are from the Domus Aurea (Nero's...