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The Ugly Renaissance - Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty

Alexander Lee

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A fascinating and counterintuitive portrait of the sordid, hidden world behind the dazzling artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and more Renowned as a period of cultural rebirth and artistic innovation, the Renaissance is cloaked in a unique aura of beauty and brilliance. Its very name conjures up awe-inspiring images of an age of lofty ideals in which life imitated the fantastic artworks for which it has become famous. But behind the vast explosion of new art and culture lurked a seamy, vicious world of power politics, perversity, and corruption that has more in common with the present day than anyone dares to admit. In this lively and meticulously researched portrait, Renaissance scholar Alexander Lee illuminates the dark and titillating contradictions that were hidden beneath the surface of the period's best-known artworks. Rife with tales of scheming bankers, greedy politicians, sex-crazed priests, bloody rivalries, vicious intolerance, rampant disease, and lives of extravagance and excess, this gripping exploration of the underbelly of Renaissance Italy shows that, far from being the product of high-minded ideals, the sublime monuments of the Renaissance were created by flawed and tormented artists who lived in an ever-expanding world of inequality, dark sexuality, bigotry, and hatred. The Ugly Renaissance is a delightfully debauched journey through the surprising contradictions of Italy's past and shows that were it not for the profusion of depravity and degradation, history's greatest masterpieces might never have come into being. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

15h 52m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:20


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:47


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:40


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:15


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:19


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:32


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:18


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:34


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:27


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:37


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:32


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:12


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:38


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:19


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:03


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:03


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:32


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:28


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:17


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:34


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:44


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:07


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:25


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:02


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:08


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:14


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:48


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:18


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:31


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:50


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:16


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:54


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:08


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:10


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:01


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:16


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:28


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:02


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:29


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:04


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:38


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:05


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:29


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:32


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:27


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:42


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:40


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:31


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:30


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:06


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:25


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:44


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:11


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:09


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:34


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:00


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:37


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:31


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:50


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:19


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:58


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:39


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

07:01


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:07


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:42


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:35


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:50


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:49


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:07


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:28


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:39


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:40


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:43


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:43


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:23


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:37


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

09:01


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:09


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:32


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:53


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:37


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:00


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:34


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:17


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:40


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:16


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

09:25


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:20


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

08:00


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:20


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:28


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:27


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:46


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:35


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:22


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:45


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:41


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:23


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:19


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:36


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

08:42


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:59


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:19


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:01


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:58


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

06:27


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

09:12


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

00:39