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Cup

  • Cup © Lázaro Galdiano Foundation Museum

    Cup © Lázaro Galdiano Foundation Museum

     
  

Category

Precious metalwork

Date

1570-1580

Cultural background

Renaissance

Original title

Taza
Lázaro Galdiano Museum
Madrid
Madrid
Madrid

This cup is part of a set of twelve that was dedicated to the so-called twelve Caesars, according to the work De vita Caesarum by Gaius Suetonius (ca. 69-140), and it is inspired by the narrated episodes.

It is the first in the series, because it is dedicated to Julius Caesar, as it says in the inscription on the base - IVLIVS - and the episodes narrated on the plate: the siege of Avaricum, the crossing of the Rubicon, Pompey's cavalry in the Battle of Pharsalus, and the triumphal entry of Caesar in Rome.

The set of cups used to belong to the cardinal Ippolito Aldobrandini, Pope Clement VIII from 1592.
 

Details of the work

Object
Cup

Dimensions
45 cm

Technique
Chiselled and moulded

Material
Silver and partly gold

  

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