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.