'The Aldobrandini Tazza', standing dish

'The Aldobrandini Tazza', standing dish

'The Aldobrandini Tazza'
Standing dish
Italy
About 1560-1570
Museum no. M.247-1956

This Tazza (or standing dish) depicts scenes from the life of the Roman Emperor, Domitian, who stands on a fluted column in the centre of the bowl. It is one of a set of 12, each of which represented one of the first 12 Caesars (or Emperors) of Imperial Rome. All twelve dishes survive but they are in different collections across the world. The dishes were owned in the late 1500s by a member of the Italian Aldobrandini family. The owner may have been Ippolito Aldobrandini the Elder, who later became Pope Clement VIII.