Baths of Caracalla, Rome, Cast of composite capital

Cast of composite capital, late 18th century/early 19th century

From: Baths of Caracalla, Rome

RA Collection: Art

On free display in The Dorfman Architecture Court

The cast seems to reproduces a composite capital which probably comes from the Baths of Caracalla, though the original capital can no longer be located.

The excavations of the Baths, as those of the Palatine Hill, were funded by the Farnese and were highly visible. The Baths were known to antiquarians and artists as early as the 1500s and in 1546 Pope Paul III Farnese began a large-scale excavation.

The Royal Academy's acquisition of this and others from the Farnese excavations at the Palatine remains unclear.

Object details

Cast of composite capital
late 18th century/early 19th century
Object type
Cast Sculpture
Plaster cast

820 mm x 960 mm x 510 mm, Weight: 111 kg

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Purchased from Sir Thomas Lawrence PRA in 1830
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