The serpent, part of Bulgari jewellery design since the 1940s has slithered its way into an exhibition of its own.
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A new, month-long exhibition by Bulgari, taking place at the Museo di Roma,celebrates the snake as a motif in art, jewellery and design.
Along with a comprehensive selection of Serpenti creations from the Bulgari archives, ancient jewels sit with paintings by artists such as Keith Haring and Niki de Saint Phalle, and photographs by Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton.
A selection of vintage clothing is on display, including the costumes worn by Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra. It was during filming in 1962 that the actress established a long-running love affair not only with her co-star Richard Burton, but also with Bulgari: “Liz knows only one word of Italian and that’s Bulgari”, he used to say.
(More icons of style and their jewels here)
To celebrate SerpentiForm, Bulgari will also unveil two new high jewellery Serpenti necklaces, one of which is made of snakewood.
10th March – 10th April 2016
Museo di Roma, Palazzo Braschi, 2nd Floor
Piazza di S. Pantaleo, 10 – 00186 Roma
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-7pm
Entry: €11 full-price ticket for non-residents; €10 for residents