House of Secrets: The Many Lives of A Florentine Palazzo

June 19, 2019, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Redwood Library and Athenæum

Author Allison Levy will share tales of the remarkable story of Palazzo Rucellai from behind its celebrated facade. The house, beginning with its piecemeal assemblage by one of the richest men in Florence in the fifteenth century, has witnessed endless drama, from the butchering of its interior to a courtyard suicide to champagne-fueled orgies on the eve of World War I to a recent murder on its third floor. When the author, an art historian, serendipitously discovers a room for let in the house, she lands in the vortex of history and is tested at every turn-inside the house and out.

Allison Levy is Digital Scholarship Editor at Brown University. An art historian educated at Bryn Mawr College, she has taught in the US, Italy and the UK. Ms. Levy  has published widely on the visual culture of early modern Italy and serves as General Editor of the book series Visual and Material Culture, 1300–1700, published by Amsterdam University Press.

Reception at 5:30 pm

Lecture at 6:00 pm

Members $10.

Non-members $20.

Registration required.

Call 401-847-0292 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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