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Prof. Gianni Cicali (Georgetown University) “The Cross, the Medici, and the Jews”
May 31, 2017 @ 12:00 am
“The Cross, the Medici, and the Jews”
This lecture is presented in partnership between the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies
The Medici family had a particular devotion to the Holy Cross of Jesus. One member of the family even wrote a long sacred play based on the legend of the discovery of this most holy relic for Christians everywhere. The Inventio Crucis and the Exaltatio Crucis were part of the liturgical calendar and were also included in Jacopo da Varagine’s highly influential Legenda Aurea. They were also extremely popular subjects in Italian art from Taddeo Gaddi to Piero della Francesca, from Veronese to Raphael and many others. And they included such figures as the Emperor Constantine, his mother St Helen, and the inevitable obstinate Jew. This talk will analyze some representative declinations of this legend in Italian theatre and art.