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Notorious: Lecture Focuses on Italian Renaissance Countess

Was the noted Italian Renaissance countess a vixen or a heroine?

Duquesne University Italian Campus professor Elizabeth Lev will present a lecture on The Tigress of Forli: The Life of Renaissance Italy's Most Courageous and Notorious Countess, Caterina Riario Sforza De' Medici.

Lev, an art historian who is a columnist with the Zenit News Agency and a consultant to the Vatican Museums, has been featured on the History Channel, EWTN, ABC's Nightline and the Today Show. She is known to Pittsburghers for her presentation during the Vatican Splendors exhibit at the Heinz History Center.

Her lecture is based upon her first book, The Tigress of Forli, and she will conduct a book signing from noon to 1 p.m. at the Duquesne University Barnes&Noble before the talk.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Pappert Lecture Hall, Bayer Hall

Cost: Free and open to the public

Information: http://www.duq.edu/Documents/study-abroad/_pdf/Elizabeth%20Lev%20Book%20Signing1.pdf

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