The Silver Caesars

The Silver Caesars
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Publisher : Metropolitan Museum of Art
Total Pages : 238
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ISBN-13 : 9781588396396
ISBN-10 : 1588396398
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Book Synopsis The Silver Caesars by : Julia Siemon

Download or read book The Silver Caesars written by Julia Siemon and published by Metropolitan Museum of Art. This book was released on 2017-12-11 with total page 238 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The twelve monumental silver-gilt standing cups known as the Aldobrandini Tazze constitute perhaps the most enigmatic masterpiece of Renaissance European metalwork. Topped with statuettes of the Twelve Caesars, the tazze are decorated with marvelously detailed scenes illustrating the lives of those ancient Roman rulers. The work’s origin is unknown, and the ensemble was divided in the nineteenth century and widely dispersed, greatly hampering study. This volume, inspired by a groundbreaking symposium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examines topics ranging from the tazze’s representation of the ancient world to their fate in the hands of nineteenth-century collectors, and presents newly discovered archival material and advanced scientific findings. The distinguished essayists propose answers to critical questions that have long surrounded the set and shed light on the stature of Renaissance goldsmiths’ work as an art form, establishing a new standard for the study of Renaissance silver.


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