Corinthian column with heavy leaf ornamentation and scrolling motif at top; cluster of grapes in column's upper center; inscriptions on sides

Corinthian Column, 1543

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Sebald Beham excelled at finding intellectual subjects to entice German print buyers. It was only in the early 1500s that Italians began sorting their antique ruins to standardize column styles, a job aided by the rediscovery of the ancient treatise of the Roman architect Vitruvius. Beham adapted this design from a 1521 translation of Vitruvius’s De architectura by Milanese architect Cesar Cesariano.

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Details
Title
Corinthian Column
Artist Life
1500–1550
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.93.124
Provenance
Städel Museum, Städelsches Kunstinstitut and Städtische Galerie duplicate, Lugt 2357 and 2396; sale in 1800s. Heinrich Stiebel (1881-1928), Lugt 1367, Frankfurt (until 1920; sale Prestel, Frankfurt, November 1920). Friedrich Quiring (born 1886), Lugt 1041c, Eberswalde. John E. Andrus III, Wayzata, Minn.; by descent to his daughters, Elizabeth, Katie, and Julie; gave to MIA, 2015. Earlier provenances have been gathered, but further research will increase our knowledge of their histories.
Catalogue Raisonne
Bartsch 253 (vol. 8, p. 223); Pauli, Hollstein 262
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Corinthian column with heavy leaf ornamentation and scrolling motif at top; cluster of grapes in column's upper center; inscriptions on sides