Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

Corinthian capital A capital used originally by the Greeks in a system of supports called the Corinthian order. The Corinthian capital was developed further in Roman times and used often in the medieval period, again, without strict adherence to the rest of the system. The Corinthian capital is more ornate than the Ionic. It is decorated with 3 superimposed rows of carved foliage (acanthus leaves) around the capital. At the comers of the capital there are small volutes. The Corinthian capital is essentially the same from all sides. Adaptations of the Corinthian capital are common in the Middle Ages.

See also column, capital, abacus or impost block.
See also other types of capital

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