A Family Affair: Florence and

the House of Medici

by Jo Walton

Monday 7th June 2021 at 11 am

The names ‘Florence’ and ‘Medici’ are inextricably linked with each other. From the late 1300s to 1737 the family advised, ruled, were exiled, returned and ruled again in Florence in continuing cycles, eventually stamping their authority on the city with authoritarian firmness. At the same time they were responsible for helping to create one of the most vibrant artistic centres of the Renaissance and beyond. This is a story filled with larger-than-life characters and great art alongside stirring historical events, occasional assassinations, and the eventual decline of a remarkable dynasty.

Jo Walton recently gave a highly acclaimed series of talks for the National Gallery on the Renaissance. She has combined teaching and lecturing with a career in art bookselling and has been a volunteer guide at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Now a freelance lecturer for The Arts Society, the Art Fund, and Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery and local art societies.