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Pilaster

Pilaster

  • Place of origin:

    Emilia Romagna (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1475-1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Istrian stone

  • Museum number:

    7808-1862

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pilaster from an alterpiece, decorated with grotesque design.

Place of Origin

Emilia Romagna (made)

Date

ca. 1475-1500 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Istrian stone

Descriptive line

Architectural pilaster, Istrian stone, Italian, ca. 1475-1500

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1862. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 1

Labels and date

TWO PILASTERS
About 1475-1500

Pilasters were used in ancient Roman architecture and were revived in the mid 15th century. This pair may have served as parts of door jambs, or as an architectural frame for a tabernacle. Their decoration, with its fantastic animals, masks and candelabra, is known as 'grotesque', since it originated in the grotte, or underground rooms, unearthed in Rome during the 1490s.

Italy, Emilia Romagna

Istrian stone

Museum nos. 7808&A-1862 [2008]

Materials

Istrian stone

Techniques

Carving

Subjects depicted

Candelabra; Masks; Animals

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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