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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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Gems and Ruins in Bourbon Naples

Gems and Ruins in Bourbon Naples

(p.181) 8 Gems and Ruins in Bourbon Naples
Medusa’s Gaze

Marina Belozerskaya

Oxford University Press

After the last Farnese duke died, the family art collection passed to Charles Bourbon, king of Naples, who turned his backward city into a mecca for Grand Tourists. They came to see the royal treasures that included the Tazza as well as newly excavated artifacts from Herculaneum and Pompeii. In Naples the Tazza became accessible to lovers of the past as never before—through its display in the royal museum as well as a number of publications that illustrated it in engravings.

Keywords:   excavations, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Naples, forgeries, Grand Tour, Charles Bourbon, Goethe, antiquities, gem casts, Catherine the Great

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