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Design for a Frieze of Grapevines Gm-00028201

Design for a Frieze of Grapevines Gm-00028201

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Virgil Solis (German, 1514–1562) Virgil Solis organized this design for lush, interlaced foliage symmetrically, dividing it with a central urn from which sprout curling grapevines. Four large, drooping flowers and two tiny masks, whose wavy hair and beards echo the scrolling vines, hang from the ends of several of the vines. In antiquity, leafy designs such as this one, known as rinceaux, were popular motifs for ornamenting a variety of forms from furniture to architecture. Such motifs copied from ancient Greek and Roman art fascinated designers in the 1500s.

Although both sides of the drawing have been cut off, leaving only the edge of an urn on the right, Solis probably intended to show the beginning of the same repeating pattern. Other artists and craftsmen could then have copied this continuous decorative frieze to ornament a panel on a variety of objects. The horizontal incised lines above and below the design could have been used to transfer the image onto another surface.

Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each canvas is hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


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