Inventing the Renaissance

Join us for a conversation with Paula Findlen and Ada Palmer, jointly sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies and the University of Chicago Graham School.

Close-up of Sandro Botticelli's painting "Madonna of the Magnificat."
May 17

About the Event

The Renaissance is famously described as an era of rebirth, the creation of a new world at the end of the Middle Ages. But what exactly does this mean and how did it occur? This seminar explores the many inventions and reinventions of the Renaissance from the first figures who advanced the idea of a middle age between antiquity and their own, to the modern art museums which transform pre-modern political claims about a Renaissance golden age into modern claims that affect how audiences around the world understand our past and present.

Baroque ceilings of the Palazzo Pamphili.

Who's Speaking

Headshot of Paula Findlen.

Paula Findlen

Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of History and Professor, by courtesy, of French and Italian

Ada Palmer

Ada Palmer

Associate Professor of Early Modern European History and the College at the University of Chicago

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