Author: Allison Levy

Allison Levy is Digital Scholarship Editor at Brown University. An art historian and former resident of Florence, she has written numerous books on the art and architecture of Renaissance Italy. Her most recent book is House of Secrets: The Many Lives of a Florentine Palazzo (Bloomsbury, 2019). For more information, visit
March 11, 2020

A wedding banquet fit for the Medici

The event planner of the 15th century has to be Giovanni Rucellai, who, having successfully arranged the marriage of his youngest son to the granddaughter of Cosimo de’ Medici, bankrolled a feast for the senses.     Bernardo and Nannina’s wedding, spread over three days in June 1466, took place in the piazza in front […]
February 1, 2019

A love affair with Palazzo Rucellai

You could say there was something of an age difference. I was 18 years old; the house was 536. Nevertheless, it was love at first sight. Sitting in a darkened college classroom in the American South, hazily absorbing the steady stream of Renaissance masterpieces that flickered before me, my eyes suddenly widened. The professor’s monologue […]