Life Death & Revelry

The Farnese Sarcophagus

An in-depth examination of one of the most important ancient works in America, the exquisite Farnese Sarcophagus.
Publication date:
May 2018
Publisher :
Paul Holberton Publishing
Editor :
Christina Nielsen
Illustration :
125 colour. Illus.
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ISBN : 9781911300403

Dimensions : 280 X 240 mm
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In terms of antiquarian fame, the Farnese Sarcophagus - elaborately carved with satyrs and maenads gathering grapes - may be the most important work of art in the Gardner collection, and perhaps of its type in America. A large, rectangular coffin of Pentelic marble, the Farnese Sarcophagus was exported from Athens to the area of Rome in the late Severan period, between c. 222 and 235 AD. The
carving of the satyrs and maenads was especially suited to the artistic tastes of Mannerist and Baroque Rome, providing one of the most elegant examples of Greek imperial optic elongation to have survived from ancient times. Life Death& Revelry will offer a multi-disciplinary, multi-era look at this important monument. Published to accompany an exhibition at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, Boston, it will bring together archaeological analyses of the piece and its previous restorations, and numerous Renaissance prints and
drawings depicting the sarcophagus during its time in Rome.