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Romanticising the Renaissance

  • Meet the woman who stormed the Castel Sant’Angelo without spilling any blood while heavily pregnant, wrote a book on alchemy, trained and led numerous armies, and even managed to turn her captor, Cesare Borgia, into her lover. 

  • On this day in 1497, the Borgia Pope, Alexander VI, excommunicated the Dominican friar, Girolamo Savonarola. But who was Savonarola? What did he do that deserved excommunication in a time so rife with sin? And why is it important?

  • Between 1328 and 1708, the Gonzaga ruled Mantua, an island settlement in the Lombardy, situated in the north of Italy. Their time was filled with political prestige and cultural magnificence, and it all began with a coup d’état.

  • Given the sheer volume of surviving documents written by, to, and about Michelangelo, it’s a wonder that we have so many myths relating to the Renaissance Master. Time to see what’s fact, what’s fiction, and what has been exaggerated.

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