Sarah Dunant: In the Name of the Family

Date and time

Friday 10 March, 6.30–7.30pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Sarah Dunant


£7/£6 conc./£5 Members

Bestselling novelist of the Italian Renaissance, Sarah Dunant, marks the opening of the Michelangelo & Sebastiano exhibition with a lecture demonstrating how historical fiction, along with art, can bring the past to life.

Her new novel, 'In the Name of the Family', follows Niccolò Machiavelli, a jobbing diplomat in Florence, and offers a ringside seat to the rise and fall of the Borgias: an unscrupulous pope, a daughter used as a political pawn, and a psychotic son pushing to create a dynastic state inside Italy. 

Politics, the power of religion, the horrors of war and the wonder of art: this lecture explores how the Renaissance combined sex and spirituality, corruption and creativity, and brutality and beauty. 

Image above: Detail from Workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio, Portrait of a Girl, probably about 1490