30 September 2009
Decorative wall carvings called un mascherone, a mask, can be found throughout Italy. These were a common fixture in the Baroque period with the angelic faces over doors or windows.
In southern Italy you will find many of these incorporated into buildings above doors, windows and even in walls to be used as places to tie-up animals. These less elaborate decorations may be simple faces or intimidating snarls. Are these a representation of the property owners or just a whim of the stone carver’s imagination