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Architecture pilaster capital
  • Architecture pilaster capital
    Martini, Francesco di Giorgio, born 1439 - died 1501
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Architecture pilaster capital

  • 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 WN

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 in Istrian stone. Carved with a tapered bracket, from which rise two leaves and two volutes with, between them, a shell and two dolphins facing outwards and tied together by their tails. At the top a concave moulding, with, in the centre, a satyr mask.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


ca. 1483-1490 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Istrian stone


Height: 45 cm, Width: 36 cm, Depth: 23 cm

Object history note

Purchased in London by J C Robinson with 20 others

Descriptive line

Pilaster capital in Istrian stone.

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. 306
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, central Italy


Istrian stone


Sculpture Collection

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