Renowned as an age of artistic rebirth, the Renaissance is cloaked with an aura of beauty and brilliance. But behind the Mona Lisa's smile lurked a seamy, vicious world of power politics, perversity and corruption. Enter the world of the ugly Renaissance.
Historian Alexander Lee shows that the sublime monuments of the Renaissance were created by flawed and tormented artists who lived in a world of bigotry and hatred.
Will you ever see the Renaissance in quite the same way again?