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Medusa’s GazeThe Extraordinary Journey of the Tazza Farnese$
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Marina Belozerskaya

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739318.001.0001

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Renaissance Collectors and Thieves

Renaissance Collectors and Thieves

(p.116) 6 Renaissance Collectors and Thieves
Medusa’s Gaze

Marina Belozerskaya

Oxford University Press

In the fifteenth century the Tazza came to Italy and became coveted by preeminent collectors of antiquities. Its first owner was Alfonso of Aragon, king of Naples. He seems to have presented the Tazza as a political gift to the ambitious and luxury-loving Cardinal Ludovico Trevisan. After the latter’s death his rival, Pietro Barbo (Pope Paul II) seized his antiquities, including the Tazza and added them to his extensive collection of ancient gems. And upon his demise, Lorenzo de’ Medici acquired the splendid bowl and valued it as by far his most precious artwork.

Keywords:   Alfonso of Aragon, Ludovico Trevisan, Pietro Barbo, Pope Paul II, Lorenzo de’ Medici, collecting, Florence, Renaissance, antiquities, Naples, humanist, crusade

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