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Quadratura - "A type of illuionistic decoration in which architectural elements are painted on walls and / or celings in such a way that they appear to be an extension of the real architecture of a room into an imaginary space. It was common in Roman art, was revived by Mantegna, and reached its peaks of elaboration in Baroque Italy. The greatest of all exponents of quadratura was probably Pozzo, in whose celebrated ceiling in S. Ignazio, Rome, architecture and figures surge towards the heavens with breathtaking bravura. Unlike Pozzo, many artists relied on specialists called quadraturisti to paint the architecturral settings for their figures; Agostino Tassi, for example, did this for Guercino's Aurora, and Giambattista Tiepolo worked much in collaboratin with the brilliant quadraturista Gerolamo Mengozzi Colonna [c. 1688-1766]."[Osborne, Harold, editor. The Oxford C ompanion to Twentieth-Century Art. Oxford University Press. 1988.]


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Quattrocento - "Term [literally 'four hundred'] applied to the 15th century [the 1400s] in Italian art. It can be used as a noun ['painting of the quattrocento'] or as an adjective ['quattrocento sculpture']. Terms used in the same way for other centuries are: dugento [or duecento] for the 13th century; trecento for the 14th century; cinquecento for the 16th century; seicento for the 17th century; settecento for the 18th century; ottocento for the 19th century; and novecento for the 29th century."[Osborne, Harold, editor. The Oxford C ompanion to Twentieth-Century Art. Oxford University Press. 1988.]

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