THE SILVER CAESARS, A RENAISSANCE MYSTERY
Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
Working with lead designers Real Studios we designed the environmental graphics for the beautiful table ornaments that celebrate the Twelve Caesars, notorious rulers of ancient Rome.
The Exhibition tried to solve what Mary Beard described as 'greatest jigsaw puzzle on earth'. Her insight, and the realisation that an international museum swap more than half a century earlier had muddled the statuettes and bases, led to an epic international project in which all the Caesars met at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York-then moved to Waddesdon Manor.
Using a restrained palette, of white, grey and red to sit at ease in the Waddesdon Manor white and red room the tazzes were showcased amongst suspended paper banners. The cases and captions each holding a commissioned portrait of each Caesar-paper, foil blocking and matt inks created a flat canvas for these elaborate table ornaments.