It was something grotesque, but definitely not a skeleton.
Lovely incrustations alternate with queer and grotesque figures.
The work is highly imaginative and often grotesque, but it is pervaded by an unusually high ethical enthusiasm.
It often yawns when disturbed in the daytime, gaping its mandibles in a very grotesque manner.
ANGLER, also sometimes called fishing-frog, frog-fish, seadevil (Lophius piscatorius), a fish well known off the coasts of Great Britain and Europe generally, the grotesque shape of its body and its singular habits having attracted the attention of naturalists of all ages.
For in no other country had hostility to religion attained such a pitch or assumed such grotesque forms; and consequently in no other country did the yearning for religion manifest itself so unequivocally, when bitter experience had demonstrated the necessity of a return to law and order.
His figure is that of a grotesque mountebank, intended to inspire joy or drive away pain and sorrow, his hideousness being perhaps supposed actually to scare away the evil spirits.
The fabliaux, the early burlesque romances of the Audigier class, the farces of the t5th century, equal (the grotesque iteration and amplification which is the note of Gargantua and Pantagruel being allowed for, and sometimes without that allowance) the coarsest passages of Rabelais.
For his next four pieces, which were comedies, there is claimed the introduction of some important improvements, such as the choosing for scenes places well known in actual life (as in the Galerie du palais), and the substitution of the soubrette in place of the old inconvenient and grotesque nurse.
After her life in the country, and in her present serious mood, all this seemed grotesque and amazing to Natasha.
In this district, too, as has already been remarked, is the finest scenery of the Rhine, a fact due in great part to the grotesque shapes of the quartzose rocks, left denuded of the less durable slate and sandstone.
From Honduras to Panama the urn burials, the pottery, the rude carved images and, above all, the grotesque jewellery, absorb the archaeologist's attention.
As a general rule, an agreeable grotesque of the affairs of life (a grotesque which never loses hold of good taste sufficiently to be called burlesque) occupies him.
These two exist in many forms more or less grotesque, and after death the soul passes to one of them and there receives its due; but that existence too is marked by desire and action, and is therefore productive of merit or demerit, and as the soul is thus still entangled in the meshes of karma it must again assume an earthly garb and continue the strife.
On its death, the body was sent to Mr Charles Waterton, of Walton Hall, by whom the skin was mounted in a grotesque manner, and the skeleton given to the Leeds museum.
Obtaining an unbound copy of the De corpore, he saw by the mutilated appearance of the sheets that Hobbes had repeatedly altered his demonstrations before he issued them at last in their actual form, grotesque as it was, rather than delay the book longer.
That even in early times the masses were never shaken in their attachment to the traditional faith, with all its crude and grotesque conceptions, is due to the zeal of the ulcma (clergy).
A grotesque feature of the time in Germany and Austria was the class of court Jews, such as the Oppenheims, the personal favourites of rulers and mostly their victims when their usefulness had ended.
The Greeks of that day would have had little respect for a grotesque Egyptian figure, while the Egyptians were more willing to accept divinity in any shape.
The same is true of xviii., which at first sight seems to fall into several pieces; the history of the seven sleepers, the grotesque narrative about Moses, and that about Alexander " the Horned," are all connected together, and the same rhyme through the whole sura.
The difference between Tacitus and Juvenal in power of representation is that the prose historian is more of an imaginative poet, the satirist more of a realist and a grotesque humorist.
This may illustrate the fact that the dragon is also unmentioned in the Hebrew cosmogony; to some writers the dragon-element may have seemed grotesque and inappropriate.
With these may be named the demon lantern-bearers, so perfect in the grotesque treatment of the diabolical heads and the accurate anatomical forms of the sturdy body and limbs; the colossal temple guardians of the great gate of Tdai-ji, by Unkei and Kwaikei (11th century), somewhat conventionalized, but still bearing evidence of direct study from nature, and inspired with intense energy of action; and the smaller but more accurately modelled temple guardians in the Saikondo, Nara, which almost compare with the fighting gladiator in their realization of menacing strength.
2 But its looseness of arrangement and almost grotesque co-ordination of qualities widely differing in importance are obvious.
These reliefs represent both sacred subjects and scenes of war and hunting, mixed with grotesque monsters, such as specially delighted the rude, vigorous nature of the Lombards; they are all richly decorative in effect, though strange and unskilful in detail.
Whatever their faults, they had served the house of Tudor well, and it was a grotesque perversion of justice to send them to the scaffold on a charge of high treason.
Modern Christians are tempted to charge the seeming extravagance of St Paul's thought upon his Jewish inheritance, while modern Jews are tempted to stigmatize them as grotesque exaggerations of reasonable rabbinical doctrines.
Temples (so called) are found in the north and west, built like the houses, but larger, the piles being carved into figures, and the roof-beams and other prominent points decorated with representations of crocodiles or lizards, coarse human figures, and other grotesque ornamentation; but their use is not clear.
Stories were told of the ingenuity and generosity by which he had made the marshes round Selinus salubrious, of the grotesque device by which he laid the winds that ruined the harvests of Agrigentum, and of the almost miraculous restoration to life of a woman who had long lain in a death-like trance.
Though something in the grotesque dragons of the base recalls the Byzantine school, yet the beauty of the figures and the keen feeling for graceful curves and folds in the drapery point to a native Italian as being the artist who produced this wonderful work of art.
The astonishing colours and grotesque forms of some animals and plants which the museum zoologists gravely described without comment were shown by these observers of living nature to have their significance in the economy of the organism possessing them; and a general doctrine was recognized, to the effect that no part or structure of an organism is without definite use and adaptation, being designed by the Creator for the benefit of the creature to which it belongs, or else for the benefit, amusement or instruction of his highest creature - man.
The chief faults of the book are obscurity, verbal conceits and a forced ingenuity which shows itself in grotesque puns, odd metres and occasional want of taste.
Composition meant for him intense absorption in his work; solitude and quiet were essential; and he resented interruptions by grotesque explosions of humorously exaggerated wrath.
high, and strewn (about 500 acres) with great rocks and ridges of brightly coloured sandstone, whose grotesque shapes and fantastic arrangement have suggested a playground of superhuman beings.
Wooden masks employed in the ancient theatrical performances were made from the 7th century, and offer a distinct and often grotesque phase of wood-carving.
Strange shapes of hills and rocks, rare plants and animals, unusual faces and figures of men, questionable smiles and expressions, whether beautiful or grotesque, far-fetched objects and curiosities, were things he loved to pore upon and keep in memory.
semicircular and rest on round columns and capitals, richly carved with grotesque figures and foliage.
Yet we cannot help feeling that it is a grotesque and unseemly anachronism to apply in grave prose, addressed to the whole world, those terms of saint and angel which are touching and in their place amid the trouble and passion of the great mystic poet.
The (Roman Catholic) parish church is remarkable for a gate (Rdmertor) with grotesque sculptures of animals, dating from the 12th century.
The name is, however, also applied to the alphabet on the coins of the Parthian or Arsacid dynasty, which in its beginnings was clearly under Greek influence; while later, when a knowledge of Greek had disappeared, the attempts to imitate the old legends are as grotesque as those in western Europe to copy the inscriptions on Roman coins.
Of these the most remarkable is the Pavilion, built as a residence for the prince regent (afterwards George IV.) and remodelled in 1819 by the architect, John Nash, in a grotesque Eastern style of architecture.
Besides the imposing proportions of its chambers, the cavern is remarkable for the variegated beauty of its stalactite formations, some resembling transparent drapery, others waterfalls, trees, animals or human beings, the more grotesque being called by various fanciful appellations.
The church of St James - also called Schottenkirche - a plain Romanesque basilica of the 12th century, derives its name from the monastery of Irish Benedictines ("Scoti") to which it was attached; the principal doorway is covered with very singular grotesque carvings.
The mannerisms and grotesque exaggerations of his writings annoyed persons of refinement, and suggest Matthew Arnold's advice to flee " Carlylese " as you would flee the devil.
The really difficult problem why the prosperity of the wicked and the calamity of the just were permitted under the divine government he met in various ways: sometimes he alleged the forgetfulness of higher powers; sometimes he fell back upon the necessity of these contrasts and grotesque passages in the comedy of human life.
On the other hand, two other Australian agamoids have attained some celebrity by their grotesque appearance, due to the extraordinary development of their integuments.
Again, a peasant of Vinci having in his simplicity asked Ser Piero to get a picture painted for him on a wooden shield, the father is said to have laughingly handed on the commission to his son, who thereupon shut himself up with all the noxious insects and grotesque reptiles he could find, observed and drew and dissected them assiduously, and produced at last a picture of a dragon compounded of their various shapes and aspects, which was so fierce and so life-like as to terrify all who saw it.
The next important date in the bibliography of Rabelais is 1823, in which year appeared the most elaborate edition of his work yet published, that of Esmangart and Johanneau (9 vols.), including for the first time the Songes Drolatiques, a spurious but early and not uninteresting collection of grotesque figure drawings illustrating Gargantua and Pantagruel, and the second edition of M.
On the hills to the north of the town, across the Unstrut, lies Schenkelburg, once the residence of the poet Gellert, and noticeable for the grotesque carvings in the sandstone rocks.
At some period, long subsequent to its original excavation, and after many large stalactites had grown, it was completely filled with glacial mud charged with acid, whereby the dripstone was eroded into singularly grotesque shapes.
Grotesque and repulsive wooden figures, animals and the bones of chiefs were the objects of worship. Human sacrifices were offered whenever a temple was to be dedicated, or a chief was sick, or a war was to be undertaken; and these occasions were frequent.
The note of Renaissance work in Germany was still Gothic. This we feel in the penetrative earnestness of Darer, in the homeliness of Hans Sachs, in the grotesque humour of Eulenspiegel and the Narrenschiff, the sombre pregnancy of the Faust legend, the almost stolid mastery of Holbein.
In addition to his misconceptions there are sundry capricious alterations, some of them very grotesque, due to Mahomet himself.
The sistrum consists of a metal frame in the shape of an egg, fastened to a handle, frequently surmounted by a grotesque head or by a figure of the sacred lioness Sekhet.
Sculptured ornamentation, flowing scrollwork of semi-conventional foliage mingled with grotesque animals, birds or dragons, is freely applied to arches and string courses.
In the hands of moralistic theologians, like Lactantius, they certainly assume a somewhat grotesque form, but the fact that these men clung to them is the clearest evidence that in the West millennarianism was still a point of "orthodoxy" in the 4th century.
The second half of the 15th century was destined to be the age of academies in Italy, and the regnant passion for antiquity satisfied itself with any imitation, however grotesque, of Greek or Roman institutions.
creepy creatures or grotesque gremlins.
The branches cling to the wall by small rootlets, as in the Ivy, and when allowed to ramble at will are very grotesque, ascending trees or walls to a considerable height, and requiring no nailing and little attention.
You can look mystical, grotesque, monstrous, animalistic, ghoulish, and ultimately freaky when wearing a pair of their contact lenses.
His bike lay several feet from him, its front wheel still turning lazily, its back wheel twisted at a grotesque angle.
As you encounter countless beasts, monsters, and grotesque creatures, your character -- understandably -- goes a little crazy.
You truly can create your own creatures however you see fit, whether it be a grotesque being from another planet or a pseudo-emulation of a popular celebrity.
Like any purely allegorical performance, the gestures and emotions portrayed are large and sometimes even grotesque, and this has been some of the criticism of the production.
Every day, many people receive emails or hear stories from other people about terrifying, grotesque or otherwise disturbing news about people who fell ill, were injured, or died in some mysterious and strange way.
The premise of these videos is that the first part of it creates a sense of peacefulness and calm, and then at the most unexpected moment the scene quickly changes to a close-up of a very scary or grotesque face.
Pixies have blue toned skin, slanted eyes and pointed ears, green clothing and a grotesque or slightly distorted body.
Pixies are often described as both grotesque and hard to see.
If aliens were encountered, they were grotesque and probably malign.
These masks may have grotesque or human features.
Most, if not all, of his wonderful attributes may be ascribed to the Irish predilection for the grotesque.
Its faÃ§ade is remarkable for its richly sculptured decorations of grotesque figures and beasts, which are of two different dates, about 1000 and about 1200.
For war the natives smear themselves in grotesque fashion with lime or ochres, and in some parts hold in their teeth against the chin a face-like mask, supposed to strike terror into the foe, against whom they advance warily (if not timidly), yelling and blowing their war-trumpets.
Such myths were often based on grotesque philological analogies, according to which an existing connexion between two personalities (cities, &c.) was traced back to a common mythical origin.
Its grotesque external ornamentation earned for it the name of Duivelshuis, or devil's house.
The All-Father, even at his best, among the Kurnai, Kamilaroi and Euahlayi, is the centre of many grotesque and sportive myths.
Some arise naturally thus: Baiame, say, originated everything, therefore he originated the grotesque mummeries and dances of the mysteries.
To explain these, myths have been developed to show that they arose in some grotesque incident of Baiame's personal existence on earth.
In medieval literature the most sacred persons of our religion have grotesque associations attached to them in the same manner.
But in grotesque and savage points of faith the ancient Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Vedic Indians ran even the Aztecs pretty close.
Its façade is remarkable for its richly sculptured decorations of grotesque figures and beasts, which are of two different dates, about 1000 and about 1200.
It wasn't the grotesque sinewy chest of a body builder, but the well developed chest of a swimmer.
Visions of Czerno and home videos from Darian morphed into a grotesque nightmare that made her body shake, even as she tried to push the dream from her thoughts.
Dean didn't turn around to view the next potential treasure but loaded his arms with two boxesâ€”a "bloody" axe, grotesque mask, assorted bric-a-bracâ€”and crossed to his vehicle.
The attendant slowly withdrew the cover, exposing a grotesque, bloated face.
The story goes that in the early eighties Goodall was tired of the musical, which had become increasingly bombastic, grotesque and clichÃ©d.
carnivalesque even grotesque body, which refuses to be ignored.
carved with foliage and five grotesque masks.
chthonic powers may appear to the novices in grotesque, monstrous or beautiful forms.
complicity in grotesque human rights abuses.
Today's leaked memo on inward investment is therefore a grotesque distortion of Britain's inward investment success.
He would have nothing grotesque or obscure; he would not even have anything emphatic or even anything mysterious.
North wall: two windows set below dormers which have grotesque gargoyles protruding from the base at either side.
grotesque parody of the Italian financial system.
grotesque distortion of the truth which most people have now grasped.
grotesque mask of racial parody.
grotesque spectacle of African children aping their elders " playing at soldiers " .
grotesque monsters, deformed men or fabulous animals.
The little fish, now with a rather grotesque face, starts swimming on its side, with eyes uppermost.
If they see a particularly grotesque corpse they might puke up or lose it altogether and run around hysterically, shooting everyone in sight.
Instead of concrete feed towers and 100 or so grotesque concrete pens, I now see slender young cherry trees and limes.
Giant Plants These isolated island habitats have many plants that have evolved to large or even grotesque forms.
General Sarov and his wonderfully grotesque henchman, Conrad, are the baddies in this globetrotting adventure packed with excitement.
The idea that to be at home looking after children is some kind of oppression is quite grotesque.
grotesque to think it does.
On a man with a height of less than 8 feet I think this would look rather grotesque.
As the pace of life becomes more frantic the value of introspection becomes diminished except in art where it is encouraged to become grotesque.
The painting made Edward's face seem grotesque, but there was a secret to the painting.
grotesque in art.
grotesque in the extreme " .
The grotesque head stared with angry red eyes and the tongue lolled in its mouth.
manipulateies appeared in disturbing form as hooded figures manipulating hand puppets and porcelain dolls with grotesque and menacingly blank faces.
The reed cover is pierced and carved with foliage and five grotesque masks.
From the moment Michael Rooker's town bully becomes infected by the parasite, it's a messy thrill-ride of increasingly grotesque adventures.
In recent years the finances of football have been a grotesque parody of the Italian financial system.
phonetic spelling can lead to grotesque outcomes.
The fairies appeared in disturbing form as hooded figures manipulating hand puppets and porcelain dolls with grotesque and menacingly blank faces.
Moreover sloppy speech combined with phonetic spelling can lead to grotesque outcomes.
For example, my attempts to cut the grotesque tobacco subsidy were rejected out of hand.
Second, they are also raising the specter of some of our motorways becoming grotesque American-style superhighways up to 12 lanes wide.
Every part is richly decorated with flowers (including tulips ), hearts, twisting vines, and grotesque heads of humans and animals.
The central character is nicely underplayed by Emma Thompson - who also did the screenplay - despite a grotesque disguise.
This grotesque and obscene version of events is plainly untrue.
By the savagely grotesque climax, Veronica has been put through an emotional wringer the size of the Grand Canyon.
Ford by no means stood alone among English dramatists in his love of abnormal subjects; but few were so capable of treating them sympathetically, and yet without that reckless grossness or extravagance of expression which renders the morally repulsive aesthetically intolerable, or converts the horrible into the grotesque.
He then proceeds to adduce elaborate and sometimes slightly grotesque reasons tending to prove that mathematical knowledge is essential in theology, and closes this section of his work with two comprehensive sketches of geography and astronomy.
One and all skilful to a surpassing degree - weavers, embroiderers, potters, painters, engravers, carvers, sculptors and jewellers, - they were wearied by drudgery and overpowered by a never-absent, weird and grotesque theology.
The path from darkness to light was lost; thought was involved in allegory; the study of nature had been perverted into an inept system of grotesque and pious parablemongering; the pursuit of truth had become a game of wordy dialectics.
The great Swedish naturalist was possibly justified in treating the two latter creatures as quasihuman, for they seem to be grotesque exaggerations of such tailed and hairy human beings as really, though rarely, occur, and are apt to be exhibited as monstrosities (see Bastian and Hartmann, Zeitschrift fiir Ethnologie, Index, " Geschwanzte Menschen "; Gould and Pile, Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine, 1897).
The hideously grotesque original type of the Gorgoneion, as the Gorgon's head was called, was placed on the walls of cities, and on shields and breastplates to terrify an enemy (cf.
All costume off a man is pitiful or grotesque.
Grotesque puppets, animated sets and shiploads of absurd humor are welded into a dark comic-book version of low-life on the high seas.
She described people with great sheets of skin hanging off of their bodies; grotesque swollen faces; torsos covered with large blisters.
Every part is richly decorated with flowers (including tulips), hearts, twisting vines, and grotesque heads of humans and animals.
The ancient gompa here contains some grotesque masks of demons and you can be shown the fabled yeti scalp.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! is one title that appeals to kids' natural fascination with the grotesque, outlandish, and unbelievable, although it's little more than a collection of vignettes on various human achievements.
Dragons Mouth (Arum Crinitum) - In flower this is very grotesque, from the singular shape of its broad speckled spathe.
The first person shooter features a young native American fighting to save his family from a grotesque alien race who have kidnapped them.
infected by the parasite, it's a messy thrill-ride of increasingly grotesque adventures.
In this it resembled the middle ages rather than the Roman empire or the present day, and it resembled them all the more in that its love of beauty, like theirs, was mixed with a feeling for the fantastic and the grotesque.
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