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Romanticising the Renaissance

  • 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.

  • Throughout his lifetime, and long after his death, stories have cemented his reputation as a megalomaniacal monster of lust and cruelty. But how many of these stories are based in fact, and how many are made up to intensify the

  • Sigismondo Malatesta is, to date, the only man canonised to Hell. But could his reputation and his ensuing punishment come as the result of other people’s vicious hatred and malicious gossip rather than being rooted in fact?

  • Even if you haven’t heard of the Gonzaga, it’s likely you recognise artwork that has been commissioned by and of them. Specifically Andrea Mantegna’s fresco cycle in the Camera degli Sposi in the Ducal Palace.  Between 1328 and 1708, the condottiere

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