The Silver Caesars A Renaissance Mystery Julia Siemon, Ellenor Alcorn, Mary Beard, Michèle Bimbenet-Privat, Wolfram Koeppe, Xavier F. Salomon, Timothy Schroder, Julia Siemon, Stefanie Walker

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
16 Jan 2018
ISBN:
9781588396396
Imprint:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Dimensions:
304 pages: 254 x 203mm
Illustrations:
250 color illus.

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The twelve silver-gilt cups known as the Aldobrandini Tazze–magnificent examples of 16th-century European goldsmithing in size, design, and quality of execution – feature figures and scenes from Roman historian Suetonius’s classic work The Twelve Caesars, all rendered in minute, intricate relief.  Dispersed in the 1860s, the tazze were reunited in 2014 for the first time since the 19th century, each piece newly photographed to highlight the dazzling detail and show the works as they were originally made.  The accompanying essays, written by a team of scholars from around the world, explore the persistent questions that swirl around these unique silver dishes, including where, when, and for whom they were originally made, what they were used for, and why the set was separated and scattered.
 

Julia Siemon is assistant research curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.