The Hidden Renaissance (2022)


Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

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In the works of art that populate the Uffizi Galleries, the halls of the great Venetian palaces, or the most important basilicas of Rome, often ignored faces are represented: those of the African and Afro-descendant characters of the Italian Renaissance. Who were they? Where did they come from? And why have they gone unnoticed for so long?

This documentary written by Francesca Priori and directed by Cristian Di Mattia discovers the stories of these characters and through works and documents creates a continuous dialogue in which art helps to give answers to the enigmas contained in the archives and vice versa. Filmmaker Justin Randolph Thompson, writer Francesca Priori, and Professor Angelica Pesarini are scheduled to appear.

This event is co-sponsored by the Nanovic Institute, and co-presented at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center by the Center for Italian Studies, Notre Dame Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the David A. Heskin and Marilou Brill Endowment for Excellence.