Film Premiere: The Black Italian Renaissance

When and Where

Saturday, September 23, 2023 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Alumni Hall
St. Michael's College
121 St. Joseph Street


Panel Discussion


In the halls of the Uffizi Gallery, the great Venetian Palaces, or the naves of the most important churches in Rome, Renaissance artworks conceal countless faces, hidden in plain sight: those of African and afro-descendant characters.

Who were they? Where did they come from? Why were they portrayed, and why did they remain unobserved? The award-winning documentary, The Black Italian Renaissance, written by Francesca Priori and directed by Cristian Di Mattia, explores these mysterious characters’ stories. A combination of art and documentary analysis shows a whole new side of the Renaissance: a complex, multiethnic era, layered in many different social classes.

3:30 PM – Film Screening
St. Michael’s College AH 400

5:15 – 6:30 PM – Discussion Panel
Francesca Priori (Writer)
Justin Thompson (Narrator)
Angelica Pesarini (Commentator)
Laura Ingallinella (Moderator)

6:30 – 7:30 PM – Reception
Father Madden Hall

This event is part of the CRRS Conference, Worlds of Conflict: Violence in the Early Modern Period and is Sponsored by the Frederick Charles Furlong Memorial Fund and with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto.



Contact Information


Centre for Renaissance & Reformation Studies


121 St. Joseph Street