Life Death & Revelry : The Farnese Sarcophagus - the exhibition catalogue from Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Life Death & Revelry : The Farnese Sarcophagus

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'Lavishly illustrated ... [a] highly rewarding exercise of scholarly collaboration' - The Classical Review

A richly illustrated book about the Farnese Sarcophagus - the companion book to an exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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 Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, the book brings together archaeological analyses of the piece and its previous restorations, and numerous Renaissance prints and drawings depicting the sarcophagus during its time in Rome.

  • Author: Christina Nielsen, William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection and Exhibition Program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Paperback: 250 pages | 125 colour illustrations
  • Date published:  May 2018
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-1911300403
  • Dimensions: 28.0 x 24.2 cm

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