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DateLecture
20 September 2018The Most Infamous Family in the World: The Borgias
16 August 2018THE PRESIDENT'S LECTURE: The Confessions of a Kenwood Curator
19 July 2018Capability Brown and the English Landscape
21 June 2018Votes for Women: A Centenary Lecture on Art, the Suffragettes, and Female Politicians
17 May 2018Cambodia: The Sacred Art of Angkor, and Living Arts
19 April 2018AGM followed by The Spirit of the Industrial Revolution, Joseph Wright of Derby
15 March 2018Protest Art: Politics and Art Do Mix
15 February 2018The Art and culture of Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
18 January 2018Mackintosh and Glasgow: Anniversary Lecture
21 December 2017From Magic Lantern to Metro Goldwyn Mayer
16 November 2017Piero della Francesca - Modern Painter of the Renaissance
19 October 2017Children's Book Illustrations
28 September 2017The Beauty of Frames
17 August 2017Signs & Symbols: The Hidden Messages in Paintings
20 July 2017Three Contemporary Sculptors - Gormley, Kapoor, and Parker
22 June 2017Hockney at 80
18 May 2017The Golden Section: Divine Proportion in Art and Architecture
20 April 2017The Musical World of Gainsborough and Zoffany
16 March 2017The Lure of Ivory
16 February 2017David Hockney - Bradford's Modern Master
19 January 2017The Power of Jewellery
15 December 2016Glad Tidings - The story of the Annunciation
17 November 2016The Elgin Marbles - Acquired 200 years ago, do we keep them or send them back?
20 October 2016Three Great Families and their Gardens
15 September 2016Salisbury Cathedral - the making and unmaking of a masterpiece
11 August 2016Victorian Art: Secrets and Scandals Special Annual Lecture
21 July 2016The Great Fire of London: 350th Anniversary Lecture
16 June 2016The American West: Paintings and photography from the 19th Century to now
19 May 2016From Egg to Bacon - British Painting from 1850 to 1950
21 April 2016The Founders and Treasures of the Wallace Collection
17 March 2016The Paintings of Hieronymus Bosch - who died 500 years ago this year
18 February 2016Botticelli's Florence (This lecture will complement the major exhibition at the V&A)
21 January 2016Walter Sickert and the Camden Town Group
17 December 2015Rag Dolls to Robots - a World History of Toys
19 November 2015Treasures of Spanish Art - From El Greco to Goya
15 October 2015Great Photographs of the 20th Century
17 September 2015Ballets Russes: Picasso, Matisse & Chagall
06 August 2015Picasso's Women
16 July 2015The Celts - a lecture linked to the British Museum exhibition
18 June 2015Art and the Napoleonic Wars - a lecture to mark the bi-centenary of Waterloo 1815
21 May 2015Contemporary Architecture from Around the World - The latest and best
16 April 2015David Bomberg - a British Cubo-Futurist
19 March 2015Thr Art of the Japanese Garden - from tradition to modernity
19 February 2015Marine Paintings - from Turner to Wallis
15 January 2015The Divine Michelangelo - The power and the glory
18 December 2014A Child of Six Could Do It - Cartoonists on modern art
20 November 2014Andy Goldsworthy - The tradition of Constable and Turner transformed
16 October 2014Vermeer's Shadow - Hans Van Meegeren, master forger
18 September 2014Stained Glass in Modern Architecture
14 August 2014Special charity Lecture in Aid of Magic Lantern: Who is the Father of Modern Art? A personal selection
17 July 2014A Bitter Truth - Art and the great war
19 June 2014Islamic Art - Exploring the decorative arts of the Islamic world
15 May 2014Gustav Klimt - Fin de siecle sensualist
17 April 2014Out of the Blue - The story of blue in art
20 March 2014Hogarth - Harlots, Rapes and Crashing China
20 February 2014The Posters of the Belle Epoque; the great age of the poster
16 January 2014THE FAIRER SEX: WOMEN IN EGYPTIAN ART
19 December 2013A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS: UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS
21 November 2013AGM, followed by SURREALISM: DREAMS AND SEXUALITY
17 October 2013GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES
19 September 2013FLORENCE, THE MEDICI AND SANDRO BOTTICELLI
18 July 2013HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNGER
20 June 2013THE HORSE, MODERNITY AND MODERN ART
16 May 2013METAMORPHOSIS IN MODERN SCULPTURE
18 April 2013HEADS OF THE PEOPLE: The Victorian face in painting, photography and cartoons
21 March 2013ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? The history of the chair from ancient to modern times
21 February 2013THE NEW ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM and its CLASSICAL COLLECTION
17 January 2013THE BOOK AS ART FORM

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The Most Infamous Family in the World: The Borgias Sarah Dunant Thursday 20 September 2018

Murder, poison, corruption and incest: all perfect ingredients for sensational popular culture. But in an age known for its brutality and church corruption were the Borgias really so bad? This lecture reveals the real family that dominated the Papacy and Italian politics during the last decade of the 15th century: the charismatic figure of Pope Alexander VI, living inside his sumptuously decorated apartments, the career of his son, Cesare, cardinal, general, employer of Da Vinci and the model for Machiavelli’s The Prince, and the journey of Lucrezia Borgia from “the greatest whore in Rome” to a devout and treasured duchess of the city Ferrara. Sometimes truth is more intoxicating than myth.

Sarah Dunant is a Novelist, broadcaster and critic.  She read history at Cambridge, then worked for many years as a cultural journalist in radio and television on such programmes as Kaleidoscope (BBC Radio 4), The Late Show (BBC 2), and Night Waves (BBC Radio 3). She has published thirteen  novels, taught renaissance studies at Washington University, St Louis, is a visiting tutor on the MA in creative writing at Oxford Brooks and has lectured around the world at festivals and conferences. Her last five novels have been set within the Italian Renaissance. Her next, In the Name of the Family (published in 2017)  completes the story of the Borgia family and the remarkable period of Italian history in which they lived.