Fake news during the Florentine Renaissance

A lecture by Lisa Kaborycha


With the vast amount of information at our disposal today, it can be a challenge to know what's true from what's false. However, this problem is not entirely new: it existed during the Quattrocento with its explosion of classical learning, circulation of new ideas, and discovery of unknown lands. And to top it off, the invention of the printing press at mid-century caused information to spread widely, as never before. In this talk renowned art historian Lisa Kaborycha explores how everyday Florentines responded to the challenge in their own words as recorded in handwritten commonplace books known as zibaldoni.


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