Just back from taking some of our art & film patrons on tour through the South of Italy & as always, I still can’t get enough of Italian history, culture, politics, etc., even while I am starting to plan next year’s tour.
My art & film lectures this month here at the Library focus on Italian heavy hitters (Art : da Vinci, & Donatello this Wednesday, Oct 17 at 6 pm & 7 pm respectively; Verrocchio oct 24 at 7 pm; & contemporary Italian artists oct 31 at 7 pm; & film: The comedy Buon Giorno, Papà, starting heartthrob Raoul Bova at 7 pm on October 19, & master comedic storyteller Leonardo Pieraccioni’s Al Paradisdo all’improvviso October 26 at 7 pm) and my reading is the perfect companion to this month’s lectures.
The Borgias, by G.J. Meyer ( who wrote an incredible compendium on the Tudors), takes us through the Borgia dynasty & political tumult, upheaval & intrigue of over 240-odd years leading into and through the Renaissance that propelled them into power.
Meyer brings the individuals to life in compelling detail, emphasizing the dangers of various political threats throughout Europe and the Middle East, while also explaining the nuances of diplomatic relations & royal egos at a time when 5 months was considered lightning speed to get a military action in place, and Twitter was just what the birds did.
(Heavenly Bodies @the Met; photo Val Franco, c, October 2018)
As a companion to the Metropolitan Museum’s recent Heavenly Bodies exhibit on fashion from design powerhouses of the 20th & 21st Century & religious artifacts from the Catholic Church, this book also serves to illuminate a segment of the far reaching influence the church held in Renaissance Europe.
Note: Congratulations to the Friends of the North Castle Public Library for the completion of the 58th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show in September. All of their amazing volunteer work to mount this incredible juried art show comes back around to support the great art, film and music offerings presented at the library, as well as children’s programming, guest lectures & series. Because of their generosity & hard work, most of these offerings ( like the Wednesday art lecture series & Friday film series) are open & offered free to the public.