The Mascarade à la Grecque series is a whimsical journey through the neoclassical imagination of Ennemond Alexandre Petitot, a French artist and the Court Architect at Parma during the mid-18th century. His intricate etchings, published by Benigno Bossi, offer a satirical take on the ‘Greek taste’ that was en vogue at the time. Petitot’s caricatures transform the human form into architectural wonders, mocking the era’s fashion by turning pillars into legs and pediments into elbows. These visual puns are not plans for edifices or costumes, but a playful critique on the gout grec’s influence on contemporary fashion. From the shepherd and shepherdess to the monk and the sutler, each character in Petitot’s parade at once embodies and lampoons the neoclassical style’s fascination with acanthus leaves, Ionic scrolls, and meander patterns. The collection, which underwent alterations in dedication possibly due to the Marquis of Felino’s waning influence, resides in renowned institutions like the Cleveland Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These designs, although never intended to manifest in reality, are celebrated for their ingenuity and fantasy, as highlighted by curator Femke Speelberg of the Met.
Our exclusive offering transforms these historical satires into stunning museum-quality giclée prints, available in four versatile sizes to complement any space, be it a living room, game room, entryway, or office. Each poster serves not only as a window to the fanciful past but also as a conversation starter, thanks to the unique blend of architecture and attire that is far from commonplace. These prints capture the essence of art, igniting imaginations and conversations with their presence. Displaying these prints is a statement of appreciation for historical artistry, humor, and the timeless allure of the neoclassical aesthetic.
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