“Giallo Antico” in Roman Architecture of Lombardy: A Preliminary Survey
“Giallo antico” is a historical term to identify a limestone coming from Chemtou (Jendouba, northern Tunisia) featuring a yellow ground crossed with red veins. This stone pertains to the ancient coloured marbles, a group of different stone materials used in architecture and for decoration in the whole Roman Empire. Giallo antico was extensively used in Lombardy (Northern Italy) as witnessed in many archaeological sites (Temples, houses, villas, baths and mausoleums) of Milano, Como, Cremona, Brescia. A preliminary survey allowed classifying hundreds of artefacts of Giallo antico (slab for flooring and for veneering, architectural elements as shafts or capitals) occurring also in the rural areas of the regional territory.
KeywordsGiallo antico Coloured marbles Roman architecture Tunisia Lombardy
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