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Agostino Veneziano

Agostino Veneziano  

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(b Venice, >c.1490; d ?Rome, after 1536).Italian engraver and draughtsman. His monogram (‘A.V.’) and in five instances his full name appear on 141 prints. Of these 85 are dated ...
Alessandro Allori

Alessandro Allori  

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(b Florence, 31 May 1535; d Florence, 22 Sept. 1607).Florentine painter, the pupil and adopted son of Bronzino. From 1554 to 1560 he lived in Rome, where he added the influence of Michelangelo's Last ...
antic

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A term used to denote the fantastic, bizarre, or distorted nature of a particular piece of sculpture or decoration.
antiphonal

antiphonal  

Properly, the RC Church's coll. of trad. plainsong antiphons, but the word has come to be more comprehensively used as meaning the book containing all plainsong for the Divine Office, as distinct ...
arabesque

arabesque  

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Fanciful and intricate surface decoration based on geometrical patterns, found from classical art onwards and not necessarily of Arab origin. Unlike grotesque ornament it does not contain human ...
auricular

auricular  

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Style of C16 and C17 ornament made with curved, smooth, undulating forms with flowing lines and ripple-like elements reminiscent of the human ear. Called the Cartilaginous, Dutch Grotesque, Lobate, ...
caricature

caricature  

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A form of art, usually portraiture, in which characteristic features of the subject represented are distorted or exaggerated for comic effect or to make critical comment. The term is sometimes used ...
Cerceau, Du, Family

Cerceau, Du, Family  

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Group of French architects and decorators founded by Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau the Elder (1510/12–c.1585), whose Les Trois Livres d'Architecture (The Three Books of Architecture—1559–72) was very ...
Deruta potteries

Deruta potteries  

A pottery centre in Umbria, active since the fourteenth century and in the sixteenth century one of the most important centres (together with Gubbio) of maiolica finished with the iridescent ...
Die drei gerechten Kammacher

Die drei gerechten Kammacher  

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A Novelle by G. Keller, published in Die Leute von Seldwyla, Vol. 1 (1856). It is an essay in grotesque comedy (see Groteske, Das). Each of three journeymen cherishes a ...
Diego de Siloé

Diego de Siloé  

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(c. 1490–1563).Spanish Renaissance architect and sculptor of Flemish descent. He travelled in Italy before returning to Burgos in 1519 where he designed a number of works including the symmetrical ...
Ditterling

Ditterling  

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Northern European Mannerist fantastic ornament based on the grotesques and strapwork found in the publications of Dietterlin, and occurring in England and the Low Countries in the late C16 and early ...
drôlerie

drôlerie  

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(French, ‘comicalness’)The term used for the grotesques or comic scenes found in the borders of medieval illuminated manuscripts.
drollery

drollery  

A comic picture or ‘clownish representation’, as John Evelyn put it when he saw ‘Landscips and Drolleries’ at the annual Rotterdam fair (Diary, 13 Aug. 1641). The term is now ...
Elizabethan architecture

Elizabethan architecture  

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Architecture of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England (1558–1603), regarded as within the last phase of the Tudor period, but showing the influence of European Renaissance styles, though often ...
Etruscan style

Etruscan style  

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In C18, widespread archaeological activity associated with Neo-Classicism (e.g. at Herculaneum and Pompeii) led to many collections being made of black and red vases then thought to be Etruscan (but ...
Flemish architecture

Flemish architecture  

Gothic ecclesiastical architecture in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Flanders was a syncretic and distinctive blend of south German Sondergotik traditions in its exteriors (especially its very ...
Flemish Mannerism

Flemish Mannerism  

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North-European mutation and mélange of Flamboyant Gothic, High Renaissance Italian Mannerist, and French Renaissance Fontainebleau styles. It exploited cartouches, caryatides, grotesque ornament, ...
Flettner

Flettner  

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or(c. 1485–1546).German Renaissance architect and sculptor. He designed the fountain, Marktplatz, Mainz (1526), and the Hirschvogelsaal, Nuremberg (1534—destroyed). His Kunstbuch (Art Book— 1549) ...
Fontainebleau

Fontainebleau  

Near Paris, hunting grounds for French royalty, with a chapel established by Louis VII. It was the site of a French–English truce agreed by Charles IV and Edward II, as ...

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