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The Cross, the Medici, and the Jews

The Cross, the Medici, and the Jews
100 St. Joseph Street, Carr Hall, Room 406
Time: Nov 30th, 4:00 pm End: Nov 30th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), Italian Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Talk by Gianni Cicali, Georgetown

The Department of Italian Studies & the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium present

Goggio Lecture: Prof. Gianni Cicali, (Georgetown University)

The Cross, the Medici, and the Jews

The Medici family had a particular devo¬tion 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.

Gianni Cicali is Associate Professor of Italian Theatre at the Department of Italian (Georgetown University). He holds a Ph.D. in History of Theatre (Università di Firenze), and a Ph.D. in Italian Studies (University of Toronto). He is the author of a book on eighteenth-century opera, Attori e ruoli nell’opera buffa italiana del Settecento (2005), and one on Renaissance Florentine theatre,  L’Inventio Crucis nel teatro rinascimentale fiorentino: una leggenda tra spettacolo, antisemitismo e propaganda (2012), and a number of articles on Italian theatre and culture from the fifteenth to eighteenth century.

Contact Information

Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler

Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium

This event is free and open to all. Please RSVP at italian.studies@utoronto.ca

For further information, please contact the Department of Italian Studies at (416) 926-2345.


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