Corinthian Columns

Roman Corinthian Wood Columns

The Corinthian column is the last of the three primary orders, and often seen as the most festive. The Roman Corinthian column is defined by its capital adorned with two courses of acanthus leaves that give the column a lush appearance. Small scrolls add elegant detail to the top of the capital and the crown consists of a square slab with concave sides that conform to the scrolls in four elegant points.

The Corinthian column is of Greek origin, but did not rise to popularity until it was incorporated into Roman architecture. Roman architects refined the Corinthian column by adding fine molding details and decorative elements. The 24 flutes of the shaft were often inlayed with thin rods to give the shaft an ornate appearance.