House of Secrets: The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo with author Dr. Alison Levy - Context Travel

House of Secrets: The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo with author Dr. Alison Levy


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In this webinar, we will learn about the remarkable story of Palazzo Rucellai from behind its celebrated facade. The house, beginning with its piecemeal assemblage by one of the richest men in Florence in the 15th century, has witnessed endless drama, from the butchering of its interior to a courtyard suicide to champagne-fueled orgies on the eve of World War I to a recent murder on its third floor. We will step deep inside of this historic house, peering into its private spaces as well as into the lives that have played out under its roof for the past 600 years.

Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of this impressive structure and the historical narrative behind it.

Allison Levy is Digital Scholarship Editor and Visiting Scholar in Italian Studies at Brown University. An art historian, she has published widely on early modern Italian visual and material culture. Allison has held teaching appointments at University College London, Wheaton College, and Tulane University, and she has worked for Context in Florence and New York City since 2005.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.