Medusas Gaze: The Extraordinary Journey of the Tazza Farnese

Hardcover | September 5, 2012

byMarina Belozerskaya

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The banded agate bowl known as the Tazza Farnese is one of the most famous and admired objects from classical antiquity. That it has survived at all is a miracle. In this, the first book-length account of the "life" of this renowned masterpiece, art historian Marina Belozerskaya takes readerson a fascinating trip through history that spans two millennia and journeys from the court of Cleopatra to the sack of Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade, from Samarqand of Tamerlane to Renaissance Florence under Lorenzo de' Medici, from Baroque Rome to Enlightenment Naples. Along the way, the reader encounters the illustrious as well as the shady figures who have come into contact with this prized artifact, from emperors and conquerors, popes and princes, and artists like Botticelli and Raphael, to forgers, thieves, and a disgruntled museum guard who nearly destroyedthe Tazza for all posterity. Through the prism of this most precious bowl, Medusa's Gaze brings history vividly and intimately to life.

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The banded agate bowl known as the Tazza Farnese is one of the most famous and admired objects from classical antiquity. That it has survived at all is a miracle. In this, the first book-length account of the "life" of this renowned masterpiece, art historian Marina Belozerskaya takes readerson a fascinating trip through history that s...

Marina Belozerskaya is an art historian and author of Ancient Greece, Luxury Arts of the Renaissance, The Medici Giraffe, and To Wake the Dead.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199739315

ISBN - 13:9780199739318

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt2. Carved Gems and Romans3. Constantinople: the Past Acquired, Revived, and Ransacked4. Frederick II: the Quest for a New Roman Empire5. Timur, the Conqueror of Asia6. The Great Collectors of the Renaissance7. In a Woman's Hands8. Gems and Ruins in Bourbon Naples9. Beauty Broken, Beauty RestoredAcknowledgmentsCast of CharactersNotesBibliographyIndex