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Missing Magnificence: Tracing Catherine de Medici’s Hidden Cultural Legacy

A public lecture by Susan Broomhall (The University of Western Australia) at The University of Western Australia

Image: Léonard Limosin, Allegory of Catherine de' Medici as Juno (1573), Getty Museum

Date: Tuesday 18 June 2019
Time: 6pm
Venue: Woolnough Lecture Theatre, UWA Geology Building, UWA
Register: All welcome. 

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 Listen to the lecture online at the IAS website


2019 is also the 500th anniversary of the birth of Catherine de Medici. As queen consort, regent and queen mother, Catherine dominated sixteenth-century French political life. Embracing her Medici heritage, her cultural projects, from palaces and artworks, to ceramics and exotica, were widely reported (and critiqued) in her lifetime. But where can we see it today? This lecture explores Catherine's extensive cultural patronage and its legacy in Europe today, often hiding in plain sight.

Susan Broomhall is Professor of History at The University of Western Australia. She currently holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. Her research explores women and gender; emotions; science, technologies, and knowledge practices; material culture; cultural contact and global encounters; and the heritage of the early modern world.

This public lecture is part of the 'Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Italian Studies at UWA' Lecture series organised by the Institute of Advanced Studies at The University of Western Australia and sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.