Art chracterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants.
Grotesque - Fanciful ornamental decoration composed of small, loosely connected motifs, not unlike arabesque but including human figures, monkeys, sphinxes, etc.
grotesque - a carving usually of a demon, dragon, or half human/half animal, serving no utilitarian purpose. Often confused with gargoyles.
impost - the row of stones on which an arch rests.
grotesque: decorative painting or sculpture, fantastic interweaving of human or animal forms with foliage; comically distorted figures.
Grotesque. Derived from the term grotto which was used in the 16th century to describe the ruins of the Domus Aurea (Nero's palace in Rome).
GROTESQUE - A kind of ornament used in antiquity consisting of representations of medallions, sphinxes, foliage, and imaginary creatures. St.
GROTESQUE See Gargoyle
HIGH ALTAR A cathedral or a large church may have several altars. The high altar is the main altar within the chancel. Other altars may be located elsewhere within the church, whether or not within separate chapels.
A class of decorative sculpture forms often found in or on Gothic structures.
A carved or painted decoration that combines human elements with animal and plant elements in an unrecognized motif, i.e. not a centaur, satyr, putto, mermaid, or recognizable religious figure.
Grotesques: A decorative sculpture known as a Grotesque. A grotesque may function solely as decoration not as a water spout as in a Gargoyle.
grotesque - art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants
kitsch - excessively garish or sentimental art; usually considered in bad taste ...
Marmosets: Grotesque human and animal figures sculpted in stone, often underlying jamb figures. From the Old French word marmouset (1280).
Grotesque(lit. grotto-esque): Wall decoration adopted from Roman examples in the Renaissance. Its foliage scrolls incorporate figurative elements. Compare Arabesque.
of architecture and ornament prevalent between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, considered old-fashioned in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, characterized by pointed arches, ribbed vaulting, and flying buttresses, and by grotesque ...
gargoyle A grotesque carving, usually in the form of a human or animal, usually at the end of a spout designed to carry rainwater away from the wall of a church.
Grotesque: A marginal figure or animal, or hybrid combination of human and animal or plant, frequent especially in Gothic manuscript illumination and especially in marginal illumination.
Originally a jewelers term applied to a rough pearl, now applied to a vigorous, exuberant style - grotesque, extravagant, whimsical - in vogue from the mid 16th to the late 18th century: sometimes used as equivalent to rococo.
" He loves striking contrasts, violent and astounding oppositions, the monstrous-grotesque, the antithetic and inverted. Thinking of his double life as monk and stateman of Christendom, he called himself: "the chimera of my age.
A gargoyle may also be called a grotesquery, meaning that it is grotesque.
Gargoyle - Carved figure with grotesque features; often on corners of buildings.
Garland - Ornamental detail in the shape of a band of flowers
Gingerbread - Elaborate wooden fretwork used on gables or as porch trim ...
A projecting bracket often carved with grotesque monster heads.
A row of corbels used as a decorative feature. Often placed below the eaves of a roof, possibly in imitation of the carved ends of projecting roof beams.
An ornament found in Carved Norman doorways, shaped like a grotesque bird or beast with beaks. Usually biting into a roll-moulding.
- a projecting water spout, usually grotesquely carved in the form of an animal or human figure.
Baroque means "irregular, contorted, grotesque". This was a time of theatre on a grander scale. Domes were big, facades were highly ornamented which found its total cartharsis in the Rococo Period which pushed the style to its most extreme. (p.
A projecting carved section in a vault or ceiling, found where two or more supports meet. In medieval churches these were often elaborately or grotesquely carved, and usually designed to be part of an iconographic scheme.
gargoyle A figurine that projects from a roof or the parapet of a wall or tower and is carved into a grotesque figure, human or animal.
a spout placed on the roof gutter of a Gothic building to carry away rainwater; usually carved in the shapes of fanciful animals and grotesque beasts.
- Projecting bracket often carved with grotesque monster heads.
Crocket. - Small decorative leafy sculpture mainly used on the outer curve of arches in the 13th and 14th centuries.
See also: Architecture, Ornament, Roman, House, Gothic