Roman Corinthian Capital
Unknown Roman Artisan
Artworks - Height: 16.0 in
Width: 16.0 in
Depth: 24.0 in
Description: Roman Corinthian capital with two, alternating rows of acanthus leaves on the lower body, a tapered midsection, and lower portion of an egg-and-dart motif at the top. There is significant loss at the top of the capital where the top of the egg-and-dart, and other possible motifs are missing. On the top face of the capital are markings.
Historical Context: This capital once crowned a Roman column. The style comes from the Corinthian order of architecture, whose name is derived from the Greek city of Corinth. Although of Greek origin, the Corinthian order gained greater popularity in Roman architecture. These capitals were highly decorated, often with images of leaves and an egg-and-dart molding along the upper edge. Even when removed from their original context, architectural fragments offer interesting information about the methods of their creation and later re-use. The top surface of this capital preserves the measuring lines and other marks made by the Roman masons who carved it. The capital also shows signs of damage from re-use in a later building. Ancient architectural motifs have inspired the designers of public and private buildings throughout Grand Rapids since the early 19th century.
Gift to President Arend D. Lubbers from Mr. Mariano Pane, who received an Honorary Dr. of Business Degree from GVSU in 1995
Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Termsbuilding materialsmarble
Library of Congress SubjectsMarble Sculpture Small sculpture, Roman Columns, Corinthian Capitals (Architecture), Corinthian Art objects, Roman Architecture--Rome
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