"The Borgia -

The Family that Revolutionised the World for Centuries "

Past Live Lecture on January 10th 2022 with Liz Lev

Come and Discover:


The exploits of the Borgia clan, recounted in literature, art and film, still enthrall the public as the apex of Renaissance worldliness and corruption.

The real story of Pope Alexander VI and his family, however, is more complex than the villainous caricature put forth by TV show runners.

Meet the family that helped fuel the Protesant reformation, inspired Machiavelli, and commissioned some of Rome's unsung artistic treasures.

Liz Lev, author of the Tigress of Forli, the biography of Caterina Sforza, one of the Borgia's most formidable antagonists, will recount the captivating history of Roderigo, Cesare and Lucrezia, share some of their startling commissions, and reflect on the dangers of papacy that allowed the temporal to eclipse the spiritual.

The lecture has been recorded for you!

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Liz Lev

is a transplanted US art historian with degrees from University of Chicago and University of Bologna. She has been working as a guide in Rome for over 20 years and teaching at Duquesne University’s Italian campus. She loves Rome, its history, art, cuisine and people and is happiest in its many churches and museums. Liz is the author of 4 books and has commented on art and the papacy for several television networks. Her latest project was hosting a radio show for BBC’s Heart and Soul on Leonardo da Vinci! She is also a certified sommelier, so cheers!