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Andrea del Verrocchio

Andrea del Verrocchio  

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(b Florence, c.1435; d Venice, June/July 1488).Florentine sculptor, painter, and metalworker, one of the outstanding Italian artists of his period. His nickname—Verrocchio means ‘true eye’—was given ...
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 ...
capital

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The upper part of a column or pilaster set above the shaft. Each of the classical architectural Orders has a distinctive capital.
Carlo Maratta

Carlo Maratta  

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An English variation of the Salvator Rosa picture frame, it was so called because it was first found on works by Maratta (1625–1713). In its enriched form (for example with acanthus leaf moulding in ...
furniture

furniture  

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Table, chair, and couch are the central items of ancient furnishing. Their principal characteristic is portability, essential in the circumstances of ancient domestic life, with use of space, and ...
Impost Block

Impost Block  

A stone block shaped like an inverted, truncated pyramid, placed on the capitals of columns destined to carry an arcade. The impost block probably evolved from the Roman practice of ...
orders

orders  

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1 In Classical architecture the elements making up the essential expression of a columnar and trabeated structure, including a column with (usually) base and capital, and entablature. There are eight ...
Talavera de la Reina

Talavera de la Reina  

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Spanish centre of ceramics production. The Castilian town of Talavera de la Reina, so called because from the reign of Alfonso XI (1312–50) it was deemed to be the marriage ...

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