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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Tazza
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1573
Creation End Date: 1577
Creation Date: about 1575
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Silver
Materials and Techniques: Silver gilt
Dimensions: H.15-1/2 x D.15 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 75.54
Credit Line: The James Ford Bell Family Foundation Fund, The M. R. Schweitzer Fund and The Christina N. and Swan J. Turnblad Memorial Fund

This footed wine cup belonged to a set of twelve tazzas, each representing a Roman emperor and decorated in low relief with events from his reign. The set was inspired by Suetonius's Lives of the Caesars, a famous 2nd-century Latin text that was rediscovered during the Renaissance. The twelve cups at some point were dismantled and reassembled incorrectly. This one pairs the figure of the emperor Augustus with episodes from the life of Caligula.

The set of tazzas was probably designed by an Italian goldsmith working with a northern European craftsman who chased the decoration on the silver-gilt surface. Such elaborate and expensive objects were often commissioned by wealthy and powerful nobles for display on grand occasions. Because the entire set of twelve once belonged to Cardinal Ippolito Aldobrandini, this cup is often called the Aldobrandini tazza.

AMICA ID: MIA_.75.54
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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