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Conundrum - Puzzles in the Grotesques Tapestry Series
Author: Charissa Bremer-David

ISBN: 9781606064535
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 64
Published: 21 December 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 15.0 x 1.5
Description:
The whimsical imagery of four tapestries in the permanent collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum and currently on display at the Getty Center is perplexing. Created in France at the Beauvais manufactory between 1690 and 1730, these charming hangings, unlike most French tapestries of the period, appear to be purely decorative, with no narrative thread, no theological moral, and no allegorical symbolism. They belong to a series called the "Grotesques," inspired by ancient frescos discovered during the excavation of the Roman emperor Nero s Domus Aurea, or Golden House, but the origins of their mysterious subject matter have long eluded art historians.  Based on seven years of research, "Conundrum: Puzzles in the Grotesques Tapestry Series" reveals for the first time that the artist responsible for these designs, Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer (1636 1699), actually incorporated dozens of motifs and vignettes from a surprising range of sources: antique statuary, Renaissance prints, Mannerist tapestry, and Baroque art, as well as contemporary seventeenth century urban festi...

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