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6 April 2018

The prize in this week’s book competition is The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery by Julie Siemon (ed.), published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click here for your chance to win.

The twelve silver-gilt cups known as the Aldobrandini Tazze – magnificent examples of 16th-century European goldsmithing in size, design, and quality of execution – feature figures and scenes from Roman historian Suetonius’s classic work The Twelve Caesars, all rendered in minute, intricate relief.  Dispersed in the 1860s, the tazze were reunited in 2014 for the first time since the 19th century, each piece newly photographed to highlight the dazzling detail and show the works as they were originally made.  The accompanying essays, written by a team of scholars from around the world, explore the persistent questions that swirl around these unique silver dishes, including where, when, and for whom they were originally made, what they were used for, and why the set was separated and scattered.

Answer the following question, by 9 a.m. on 20 April, to win a copy of The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery by Julie Siemon (ed.), published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Q: Which emperor, according to Suetonius, drank pearls dissolved in vinegar?

For our last competition prize we offered Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth (Paul Holberton Publishing). The question was:

Q: To which religious order did Fra Angelico belong?

Answer: The Dominican Order

Congratulations to the winner, Marysia Trembecka

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