Grotesque Lion painted on canvas, light 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, a universal symbol of strength and courage, draws on the tradition of grotesque masks.

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

This majestic lion’s head harks back to the tradition of grotesque masks, whimsical and extravagant figures which were usually placed above gates and entrance doors.

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



Autentiqua’s paintings are the result of 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 piece of art.

The textured finish of the surface is made up of cracks, frayings, chippings, patinas, and layerings that remind us of ancient frescoed walls.


Shipping and customization:

The tempera painting on natural canvas is sturdy and easy to roll up for convenient shipping in a protective mailing tube.

Upon request, we can frame the painting or mount the canvas on a wooden panel – either with glass or preferably without.

Upon request, we can create “made-to-measure” paintings on natural canvas, with a color palette and features customized according to the client’s needs.

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