The Farnese Table

Designer: Designed by Jacopo [Giacomo] Barozzi da Vignola (Italian, Vignola 1507–1573 Rome)

Maker: Marble piers carved by Guglielmo della Porta (Italian, Porlezza, near Lake Lugano ca. 1500–1577 Rome) and by the Farnese palace under his supervision

Maker: Pietre Dure top attributed to Giovanni Mynardo (Jean Ménard) (French, active Italy, 1525–1582)

Date: ca. 1565–73

Culture: Italian, Rome

Medium: Marble of different colors, semiprecious stones, Egyptian alabaster, residue of paint of different colors on the piers

Dimensions: H. 37 1/2 x W. 149 1/4 x D. 66 1/4 in. (95.3 x 379.1 x 168.3 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Architectural

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1958

Accession Number: 58.57a–d


This monumental piece, after a design by the architect Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (1507–1573), was made for the state apartment of Palazzo Farnese in Rome. The top of the table is an inlay of various marbles and semi-precious stones. The two large "windows" in the center are of oriental alabaster, and the lilies are emblems of the Farnese family. The carved marble piers bear the arms of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (d. 1589).