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#5472: Sarcophagus of Stilicone (385 AD): Apostles

Photo 5472: Sarcophagus of Stilicone (385 AD): Apostles - Sant'Ambrogio, Milan

Photo Details

Photo ID
5472
Date
2008-05-12
Location
Sant'Ambrogio, Milan
Description
Detail of apostles on the Sarcophagus of Stilicone (385 AD) in the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, Milan, Italy. A magnificent work of Early Christian art, this sarcophagus is one of the few surviving elements from St. Ambrose's original basilica. It was carved during Ambrose's lifetime and its themes may have been suggested by the bishop himself. It still stands in its original location - the ambo was built around it. The tomb was probably commissioned by a high military official, who appears with his wife on the north side of the sarcophagus and again in a roundel on the lid. Their identities remain unknown; the name of the sarcophagus dates from the 18th century and is based on an erroneous tradition that it was made for Stilicone, a general who died in 408 in the service of Emperor Honorius. The sculptures on the sarcophagus are of exceptional quality, indicating they were carved by a Roman artist. It is called a "city gate sarcophagus" because of the prominent city walls and gates within the scenes.
Camera
Canon EOS 40D
Resolution
4000 x 2667 px
File Size
6.74 MB
ISO
1600
Geotag
45.462456° N, 9.175837° E
Date Digitized
May 12, 2008
Date Uploaded
May 6, 2010
Credit
David Joyal