Acanthus

A foliate motif much used in medieval art and derived from the depiction of the acanthus plant in a decorative context during Antiquity. Medieval renditions of the acanthus are generally not as true to the actual plant as those of Antiquity, reducing it to a cipher consisting of stylized fleshy fronds. Acanthus ornament was particularly favoured by the Carolingians, for whom it represented a conscious revival of a Mediterranean form.

 


Michelle Brown , dkg
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    أقنثـا

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    acanthe

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    Akanthus

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    acanto

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    acanto

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    acanto

Michelle Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, c1994).