Mistaken Identities?: Alessandro de’ Medici and the Question of “Race”

  title={Mistaken Identities?: Alessandro de’ Medici and the Question of “Race”},
  author={Mary M. Gallucci},
  journal={Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies},
  pages={40 - 81}
  • Mary M. Gallucci
  • Published 1 July 2015
  • History
  • Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
Alessandro de’ Medici’s life and its representation reveal important beliefs about family, politics, and genealogy during the Italian Renaissance. Duke Alessandro’s government marked the end of the Florentine Republic and the beginning of hereditary rule. Many scholars interpret Alessandro’s assassination as a fitting end to the tyrannical usurpation of Florentine liberty. This moral and political interpretation, championed by supporters of Italian unification and cherished by writers from the… 

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