Flemish Grotesque with a Seated Couple in a Fantastic Cart

Cornelis Bos Netherlandish

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Print from a series of eight designs for friezes with fantastical carts, designed by Cornelis Bos. The designs reflect the style of grotesques developed in the Southern Netherlands in the second quarter of the sixteenth century. They were influenced by Italian grotesques and the decorative scheme developed for the Royal castle at Fontainebleau, but have a character of their own. Typical are the strapwork structures combined with a host of fantastical creatures. The format of the frieze was particularly popular for use as a border design in tapestries and in tiled wall panels.

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