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  • Architecture
    Martini, Francesco di Giorgio, born 1439 - died 1501
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  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1483-1490 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Martini, Francesco di Giorgio, born 1439 - died 1501 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Istrian stone

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50a, The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery, case WW

This console, with acanthus leaves and other Renaissance decoration, came from a fort on the Adriatic coast. The fort was commissioned by Giovanni della Rovere, Lord of Senigallia and nephew of Pope Sixtus IV.A corbel rather than a capital, the object would have been set in to the wall at the point where the vault of the ceiling meets the wall providing an aesthetic termination rather than any significant architectural support.

Physical description

Pilaster capital of Istrian stone. Carved with a tapered bracket, from which rise acanthus foliage and two volutes, with, between them, a label inscribed .IO.PRE. At the top a concave moulding with, in the centre, a decorative device.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1483-1490 (made)


Martini, Francesco di Giorgio, born 1439 - died 1501 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Istrian stone

Marks and inscriptions

Refers to the title of the Prefect of the city of Rome. An honorary title received by Giovanni della Rovere on 17th December 1475 on the death of his cousin Leonardo della Rovere.


Height: 45 cm, Width: 36.3 cm, Depth: 23 cm

Object history note

Purchased in London by J C Robinson with 20 others

Descriptive line

Pilaster capital castello di mondolfo; Stone Italian (urbino) c1490

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum acquired in the Year 1878. London, 1879, p. 35
Pope-Hennessy, John. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1964. pp. 304
Raggio, Olga, 'Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum' Art Bulletin vol.L, 1968.
Fiore, Francesco Paolo & Tafuri, Manfredo (eds.), Francesco di Giorgio architetto, Milano : Electa, 1993

Production Note

From Rocca Roveresca di Mondolfo near Sinigallia in the Marches, central Italy


Istrian stone


Sculpture Collection

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