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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.

This capital was amongst a group of twenty-one acquired as examples of Renaissance ornament.

Physical description

Pilaster capital of Istrian stone. Carved with a tapered bracket, above which is a figure of a child lying face downwards on a rock wth his head supported on his left hand. Above, a label with the inscription ALCEO DVRIT - and two volutes in the form of leaves. At the top a concave moulding with, in the centre, two heads in profile joined at the back and facing outwards.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1483-1490 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Istrian stone


Height: 46.5 cm, Width: 36.4 cm

Object history note

Purchased in London by J C Robinson with 20 others

Descriptive line

Pilaster, capital.

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.

Production Note

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


Istrian stone


Sculpture Collection

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