A semester with Carlo Ginzburg (event 3)

The Center for Italian Studies, the Italian Studies Section of the Department of Romance Languages, and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts welcome distinguished historian

Carlo Ginzburg (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

for a series of online lectures and conversations. All events are at noon.

Registration at



Tuesday, March 16, noon EST


Moulding the People: Machiavelli, Michelangelo

In his Discourses on Livy, Machiavelli compared the act of imposing new political orders on an uncivilized population to the carving of a statue from a piece of rough marble: an allusion, according to many scholars, to Michelangelo’s David. Did Michelangelo respond in some way to Machiavelli’s allusion? 

Following events in this series:

  • Tuesday, 4/6, noon: “On Montaigne: The Wave, the Diagram: Depicting Life (and Death)”
  • Tuesday, 4/13, noon: Annenberg Seminar in History: “Morphology and History" - A Conversation with Professor Roger Chartier (History, Penn)

The series is co-sponsored, at Penn, by the Katz Center for Judaic Studies; the Department of History; the Workshop in the History of Material Texts; the Jewish Studies Program’s Kutchin Seminar Series; and by the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University for the talks on 2/23, 3/16, 4/6.


Carlo Ginzburg
16 March 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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