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mascaron

Representation of a human or partly human face, more or less caricatured, used as an architectural ornament, e.g. on a keystone over an arch.

Mascaron

Mascaron   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
74 words
Illustration(s):
1

... . Decorative grotesque mask, in architecture over a door or fountain and in furniture on gilt-bronze mounts. The Espagnolette is a type of mascaron. Wood-carvings of a burgher and a mascaron on the staircase of the Rathaus, Bremen, Germany, 1620 Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY C. D’Onofrio : Fountains of Rome , F.M.R. Mag. , lxxxi (Aug 1996), pp. 50–66 G. Manganelli : The Many Faces of Water , F.M.R. Mag , lxxxi (Aug 1996), pp....

Wood

Wood   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
14,940 words
Illustration(s):
6

...from damage due to abrasion and exposure to excessive moisture, and manipulation of the finished surface can achieve a wide range of visual effects. Colour, texture and the gloss level can all be adjusted through various finishing procedures. 6. Wood-carving showing burgher and mascaron, detail from a spiral staircase leading to the great hall of the townhall, Bremen, 1620; photo credit: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY The surface treatment of wooden objects falls into the two general categories: transparent coatings and such decorative opaque coverings as ...

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