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c. 1560
Monogrammist IHS (Italian, active 1560–1572) Formerly attributed to René Boyvin (French, c. 1525–c. 1580) Copy after an engraving of 1555 by Frans Huys (Flemish, 1522–1562) After a design by Cornelis Floris (Dutch, 1514–1575)
The sixteenth-century interest in decorative masks has its roots in antique examples. In classical antiquity, masks were used in the theater as well as in the ornamentation of architecture. In the Renaissance, masks like this one were applied to both architecture and decoration, where they often appeared as grimacing faces composed of half-animal and half-vegetable features.

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