Season 3 promo of “Borgia: Faith and Fear”
Frank Cadogan Cowper, Lucretia Borgia Reigns in the Vatican in the Absence of Pope Alexander VI (1908-14)
This is a re-creation of an obscure and scandalous incident from the history of the Popes. In 1501 the illegitimate daughter of Pope Alexander VI, Lucrezia Borgia, took his place at a meeting. Frank Cowper has invented this suggestive moment in which two noblemen part Lucrezia’s dress so that a Francisan friar can kiss her shoe.The room in the Vatican in which Lucrezia Borgia appeared still exists. It was decorated by the Italian Renaissance artist Pinturrichio. Cowper went there to copy it and painted the faces of the Cardinals from their original portraits.
→ Lucrezia Borgia + red
léa seydoux as lucrezia borgia
sophie turner as giulia farnese
sebastian stan as cesare borgia
ian mcshane as pope alexander vi
FERRARA, 1509. Two years since the death of Cesare Borgia at Viana, and six since Pope Alexander VI breathed his last to the delight of all Italy. In the gilded rooms of the Castle Estense, Lucrezia Borgia, last remaining member of the once glorious House of Borgia, is awaiting the birth of her fourth child when Giulia Farnese arrives unexpectedly on the steps of her castle. In a series of interlocking memories, the two women recall the rise and fall of a dynasty; from the sunsoaked plains of Xativa to the shadowed intrigues of the Eternal City, and finally to the meteoric fall from grace of the family that had, for a few short years, ruled Christendom.
Woven, always, into the stories these two old friends share by firelight, is the figure of a man known to the world as Il Valentino; hated by many, feared by all, and forgotten by none. In the corners of the palazzo, Cesare Borgia lingers. In books Lucrezia keeps by her bedside, the Spanish oranges which perfume the room, and the sword she keeps encased in glass - inscribed, in a boast made too early, with the words aut caesar aut nihil - the memory of the man who had inspired Machiavelli’s greatest work lives on within his sister’s four walls.
You don’t do me justice, sis. Lucrezia waits. Lucrezia speaks. Lucrezia remembers.
I want my innocence back.