Grotesque Lion painted on canvas, dark background

Each of Autentiqua’s paintings on canvas is a unique and original creation, crafted with distressed and aged materials. This majestic lion’s head harks back to the tradition of grotesque masks, whimsical and extravagant figures generally placed above gates and entrance doors.

Cm: 50 x 45
Inches: 19.6 x 17.7

Mixed media: Autentiqua’s paintings on natural canvas are made with ancient techniques combining “lean tempera” with plaster, clay, pigments, vegetable glues, and other ingredients, including some secrets of the trade handed down by skilled Master Craftsmen.


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Over the centuries, both painted and sculpted grotesque masks have been created in the most bizarre shapes, either zoomorphic or anthropomorphic. Sometimes they were meant to scare or mock any trespassers with their grimaces; in other cases, they were friendly figures welcoming guests.

The lion is the quintessential symbol of strength, pride, majesty, nobility, and courage.



Autentiqua’s paintings are the result of a tireless iconographic and philological research. Every project is designed and crafted with the utmost attention to detail, to ensure that each piece is a rigorously unique and original work.



Each piece is hand-made with ancient traditional lean tempera techniques, with plaster, clay, pigments, and vegetable glues on natural canvas. The final steps of aging and distressing enrich the painting with the charm and mystery of a precious, timeless work.

The textured finish of the surface consists of cracks, frayings, chippings, patinas, and layerings reminiscent of ancient frescoed walls.


Shipping and customization:

The painted canvas is very sturdy and can be easily rolled up for safe shipping in a small mailing tube.

Upon request we can frame or mount the canvas on a wooden panel, with or (preferably) without glass.

We can also create custom-made paintings on natural canvas to suit your needs, with tailored colors and features.

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