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Roman Strigillated SarcophagiArt and Social History$
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Janet Huskinson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203246

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203246.001.0001

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Adopting the Strigillated Motif

Adopting the Strigillated Motif

Some Case Studies

(p.275) 14 Adopting the Strigillated Motif
Roman Strigillated Sarcophagi

Janet Huskinson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines examples from four critical historical periods which saw the use of curved fluting as a contemporary decorative ornament. It was attractive for practical reasons (for its adaptability), and because it symbolized Roman antiquity. In post-Roman North Africa and southern France, it was used on elite stone sarcophagi as a continuation of Roman traditions. The same happened in medieval Italy, where many depictions of ancient sarcophagi represent them as strigillated. But on Medici buildings and monuments in Florence it was used in non-funerary settings—a development that continues into the eighteenth century, in work by Clérisseau, Piranesi, and Robert Adam. English examples include interior decoration, furniture, and tombs by James Wyatt and Thomas Banks. In later nineteenth-century Rome it continued local traditions for use on tombs and fountains. The chapter ends by considering some copies and fakes of strigillated sarcophagi.

Keywords:   curved fluting motif, North Africa, southern France, depicted sarcophagi, Medici buildings, Clérisseau, Piranesi, Robert Adam, late nineteenth-century Rome, fountains

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