The Late Work of Callimachus
Heather Scott Peterson The Late Work of Callimachus brass and shelf fungi
The Late Work of Callimachus
2015
brass and shelf fungi
5 x 5 x 80 inches (12.7 x 12.7 x 203.2 cm)

“A freeborn maiden of Corinth, just of marriageable age, was attacked by an illness and passed away. After her burial, her nurse, collecting a few little things which used to give the girl pleasure while she was alive, put them in a basket, carried it to the tomb, and laid it on top thereof, covering it with a roof-tile… This basket happened to be placed just above the roof of an acanthus. The acanthus root pressed down meanwhile though it was by the weight, when springtime came round out forth leaves and stalks in the middle, and the stalks, growing up along the sides of the basket, and pressed out by the corners of the tile through the compulsion of its weight, were forced to bend into volutes at the outer edges. Just then Callimachus… passed by this tomb and observed the basket with the tender young leaves growing round it. Delighted with the novel style and form, he built some columns after that pattern for the Corinthians, determined their symmetrical proportions, and established from that time forth the rules to be followed in finished works of the Corinthian order.”

- Vitruvius, Book IV, Chapter I, On the Corinthian Capital

Heather Scott Peterson The Late Work of Callimachus


Heather Scott Peterson The Late Work of Callimachus


Heather Scott Peterson The Late Work of Callimachus


Heather Scott Peterson The Late Work of Callimachus