Corinthian capital

Corinthian capital

Artist Polykleitos the Younger

Date ca. 350 BCE

Movement Greek | Hellenistic

Provenance Epidauros, Greece


The Corinthian style was thought to have been introduced by Kallimachos, according to Vitruvius. It mimics the curly shoots and leaves of the acanthus plant. These columns were introduced in the late fifth century BCE as a replacement for Ionic columns, though only in temples’ interiors; they were later installed upon buildings’ exteriors beginning in the second century BCE.