Early Baroque


From around 1600, scrollwork as surface ornament appeared in the German-speaking regions, modeled after the Italian grotesque. The negation of pictorial space and the simultaneous autonomy of ornamental motifs of the grotesque reached a zenith in Christoph Jamnitzer’s “Neuw Grotteßken Buch” of 1610, a book which presents figures and motifs without the structural support of a frame or framework to define the perspective. Ill. 4

Abb 4 Ill.4.: Christoph Jamnitzer

Folio from the series Neuw Grotteßken Buch
Etching 15,6 x 19,9 cm
M.A.K. Inv. Nr.: D 362

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Bernd Evers, Rainald Franz


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