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Medusa’s Gaze: The Extraordinary Journey of the Tazza Farnese

Marina Belozerskaya


The banded agate bowl known as the Tazza Farnese has, for much of its history, been one of the most admired objects from classical antiquity. Prized and coveted by the mightiest of rulers, it has in our time fallen into relative oblivion and is known only to specialists, and even then incompletely. This account of the “life” of this remarkable masterpiece takes readers on 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’ M ... More

Keywords: Agate, cameo, collecting, mythology, history, Cleopatra, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Tamerlane, Naples

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199739318
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739318.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marina Belozerskaya, author