Il sarcofago di Tortona: iconografie, maestranze, contaminazioni

Il sarcofago di Tortona: iconografie, maestranze, contaminazioni

Federica Ghedini, Giulia Salvo

Art. in "Scultura di Iulia Concordia e Aquileia", 31

2017, pp. 109-132, Formato PDF

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In this paper we will examine the Aelius Sabinus’ sarcophagus, dated to the half of  the 3rd century AD. This sarcophagus is part of  the problematic group known with the name “Aquileia-Grado”. We will focus our attention to the rich figurative program, that develops on all four sides and on the cover. The numerous scenes derive in part from a wide mythological repertoire (e.g.: Phaethon, Laeda and the swan, the Dioscuri, Erotes harvesting grapes or observing a cockfighting, Ganymede and Eros astragalizontes) and, in part, from everyday life images (e.g.: shepherds playing). The presence of a such elaborate rich decoration implies some remarks concerning both the iconographical models and archetypes for the derivation of images and the not random meaning that this complex and extremely original figurative program must have been into a funerary context. The final purpose of this analysis is to comprehend the formation of the artisans and the role of committee in the creation of this particular sarcophagus.

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