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April
5

April 5

The Medici Archive Project

Night 1

A Day in the Life of a Jewish Merchant

It’s hard to imagine what life was like for, say, an ordinary Jewish merchant at the time of Grand Duke Cosimo III de’Medici (1670–1723). Did he wake up to hostility? Acceptance? What privileges and obstacles did he confront? What did he eat, wear and sing? What was it like for a Jew to wander outside the Ghetto across the city and interact in such a Catholic town? 

with:
Dr. Alessio Assonitis, Director of The Medici Archive Project
and Dr. Piergabriele Mancuso, Director of the Eugene Grant Research Program on Jewish History and Culture in Early Modern Europe at The Medici Archive Project

Tuesday, April 5 | 
6:30 pm Eastern
Free
Free

In-Person & Virtual Event

 

If Covid-19 restrictions prevent large gatherings, this program will become virtual-only.

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Tuesday, April 5 | 
6:30 pm
Free
Free

It’s hard to imagine what life was like for, say, an ordinary Jewish merchant at the time of Grand Duke Cosimo III de’Medici (1670–1723). Did he wake up to hostility? Acceptance? What privileges and obstacles did he confront? What did he eat, wear and sing? What was it like for a Jew to wander outside the Ghetto across the city and interact in such a Catholic town? 

with:
Dr. Alessio Assonitis, Director of The Medici Archive Project
and Dr. Piergabriele Mancuso, Director of the Eugene Grant Research Program on Jewish History and Culture in Early Modern Europe at The Medici Archive Project

In-Person & Virtual Event

 

If Covid-19 restrictions prevent large gatherings, this program will become virtual-only.

The Medici Archive Project: 

A 3-Night Series

The Trials and Triumphs of the Jews of Florence
with Dr. Alessio Assonitis and Dr. Piergabriele Mancuso

In 2016, scholars of The Medici Archive Project discovered an enormous cache of letters and drawings, blueprints and account books from Florence’s long-demolished Jewish Ghetto that opened a window into the lives of its former residents. Within months, The Streicker Center began offering programs about what they learned from the material, about the Ghetto and its aristocrats, Italian Jewish mysticism and the role of Jews in Florence’s courtly life during the two centuries that the Medici grand dukes dominated Tuscany.

As they prepare for their 2023 exhibition at Palazzo Pitti in conjunction with the Uffizi Galleries, Medici Archive scholars return in three stand-alone lectures exploring three different facets of Jewish life in late 17th-century Florence.

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