Pair of friezes made of pine wood carved by hand, gilded and polychrome; In one the head of a winged putto appears and the other represents a winged grotesque mask, both located in the center of the horizontal composition that serves as the axis of symmetry for the composition of the relief.
Our reliefs are a clear example of the decoration of grotesques, a type of classicist iconography spread from Italy to all of Europe. Grutesco (from the Italian grottesco, and this from grotta - "grotto" -) is a decorative motif derived from the decoration of the "caves" discovered in 15th century Rome. This decoration consists of the combination of vegetal elements ("foliage", garlands), vessels, cornucopias, panoplies, human and theriomorphic figures ("bichas", centaurs, satyrs, putti), fantastic animals and mythological beings ("vermin", "Chimeras"), masks, bucraniums, etc., which are related in a capricious way and fill the space profusely (horror vacui) in symmetrical compositions. These motifs will be included in the Spanish sixteenth century, as part of the ornamental repertoire in the altarpieces.
An example of similar decoration can be found in the Capilla del Obispo in Madrid, an exceptional sample of Spanish Renaissance classicism that was made by Francisco Giralte.
Dimensions : 11 cm/ 35,5 cm/ 4 cm ; 11 cm/ 33x3 cm/ 5cm.
4 500 €