Hi Everyone, I’m very happy to see you are back for more reading about art and history in 2016!
Last year I wrote about Niobe and a broken sarcophagus and how I thought it was sad that we may never know how the whole design looked like before it became so damaged, but now I found even older sarcophagi that shows what the whole design was supposed to look like:
But now I found more artworks with that design on them:
And this Roman sarcophagus from the early 3th century in the Wilton House:
This last sarcophagus is the most important one, because that one was already known during the renaissance and therefor the one that got copied the most, because during the renaissance anything ancient (roman or greek) was hip.
During most of medieval times people weren’t very interested in either Greek or Roman stuff mainly because the church didn’t approve of it since it was heathen art. The church naturally only purchased art that helped to spread their religion. But from the 14th to 17th century we got the renaissance time where people got much more interested in ancient roman and ancient greek culture. They also got interested in philosophy, Greek and roman myths and other classics, their art and their architecture.
So at the end of the 15th century more than 12oo years between 1491- 1509 later a pupil to Ghirlandaio sketched the Wilton House sarcophagus.
Italian artist Pirro Ligori made several sketches that were based on the Wilton House sarcophagus even though he played around with the composition:
Another Italian artist, Girolama da Carpi, made a sketch of it in the first half of the 16th century.
An Italian artist made a sketch between 1550-1555. It is now in staatsbibliotek, Berlin.
I really like how this old design of the 1th century got in and out of fashion several times. Its funny how there is this gap of more than 1200 years where people just weren’t interested at all in ancient Greek and Ancient Roman culture and all of a sudden it was all the rage.
Makes you wonder what new trends we will see in 2016 :).
Good night my friends, Hilde