Patronage and Vendetta in Renaissance Italy

In 2001, Marcello Simonetta discovered a Renaissance-era conspiracy to murder Lorenzo and Guiliono de' Medici. The architect of the plot was also the patron of the Museum's prized Gubbio Studiolo, Frederigo de' Montefeltro, the Duke of Urbino. The lecture begins in this very studio, on July 2, 1477, then, Simonetta delves into the intrigue and the art that precedes total Medici power in Florence. Simonetta is introduced by Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessey Chairman, Department of European Paintings.

Marcello Simonetta, independent scholar and author of The Montefeltro Conspiracy

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