Grottesche Colori2019-02-05T15:24:44+00:00

Project Description

A variation of the classic Renaissance pattern Raffaellesco

Grottesche Colori

Grottesche, is an unusual word that was describes the decorative patterns of curving foliage elements painted on the basement walls “grottos” of Roman ruins of the Domus Aurea.  The Domus Aurea was Emperor Nero’s unfinished palace complex.
These designs were rediscovered by Renaissance artists like Raffaello and Pinturicchio while studying the Domus Aurea ruins.  In fact, Raffaello’s use of grottesche made his name synonymous with the pattern Raffallesco.  The words grottesche and raffaellesche are interchangeable today.
These strong colors and elaborate patterns are classically beautiful and enhance any decor.