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Capital
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    Martini, Francesco di Giorgio, born 1439 - died 1501
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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:

    368J-1878

  • 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 rises acanthus foliage. To left and right lynx masks terminating in acanthus leaves, with, between them, a sphinx seated on a helmet. At the top a concave moulding.

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

Dimensions

Height: 46.1 cm, Width: 36.2 cm, Depth: 23.6 cm

Object history note

Purchased in London by J C Robinson with 20 others.

Descriptive line

Capital, Istrian stone, from the Rocca Roveresca di Mondolfo near Sinigallia in the Marches, central Italy, about 1483-1490

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

Baker, Malcolm, and Brenda Richardson (eds.), A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.
Raggio, Olga. 'Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum' Art Bulletin vol.L, 1968.
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
Adams, Nicholas and Krasinski, Jennifer. 'La rocca roveresca di Mondolfo' in Fiore and Tafuri ed. Francesco di Giorgio architetto. Milan: Electa, 1993.

Production Note

From the Rocca Roveresca di Mondolfo (destroyed 1864-1895) near Sinigallia in the Marches, central Italy.

Materials

Istrian stone

Categories

Architectural fittings; Architecture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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