The Medici of 15th Century Florence:
Walking A Fine Line Between Historical Truth and Fiction
Presented by Christine Contrada
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About the Webinar
The Medici family, who controlled Renaissance Florence and were a dominant force across Early Modern Europe, have long been a case-study of historical misrepresentation. The Medici continue to capture our imagination on and off screen. Most recently three seasons of RAI’s Medici, available on Netflix in the U.S., offered eager audiences on both sides of the Atlantic an intriguing, and at times problematic interpretation. What happens when we view the Renaissance through the lens of our contemporary gaze?
About Christine Contrada
Christine Contrada earned a PhD in Italian Renaissance history from Stony Brook University. She teaches courses across European history at Northern Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College, the Honors College at Stony Brook University, and CUNY Queensborough. Dr. Contrada writes regularly about intersections between history and popular culture for The Florentine, a popular news magazine in Florence, Italy. Always excited to share Italy’s past, she has enjoyed being historical consulted for the Italian film The Innocents of Florence and was invited by the Comune of Florence to give a lecture about Dante at the Palagio di Parte Guelfa.
This native of the East End of Long Island who now lives in Queens, is running the 1,185 km length of Italy virtually this summer while waiting impatiently for jus sanguinis citizenship in Gaeta, Italy.
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