In art, grotesques are a decorative form of arabesques with interlaced garlands and strange animal figures.

Connected Sites

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Cordouan Lighthouse On the outside and inside of the lighthouse, there are decorations of mascarons, some of them "with grotesque faces", that are sometimes accompanied by plant motifs. (Nomination file, p. 53, 67)
El Escurial Gallery of Battles at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
Florence Grotticina at Boboli Gardens
La Lonja de la Seda "It is lit by soaring Gothic windows, the external frames of which, like the doors, are exuberantly ornamented, notably by a series of grotesque gargoyles." (AB ev)
Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro Hall of Realms: "a ceiling covered in grotesques"
Rome Domus Aurea
Syracuse The central portal of the Cathedral is surrounded by a semicircular tympanum with an arched shape which is surrounded by floral motifs represented by garlands and grotesque masks. (wiki)
Vatican City Raphael's Loggias
Vicenza and the Palladian Villas Villa Badoer in Fratta Polesine
Vienna Hall of Grotesque, Lower Belvedere
Villa d'Este


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