Poisoning histories in the Italian Renaissance

Posted on 4 April 2018

Dr Gianni Gallello, the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, has studied the poisoning cases of the Italian Renaissance Florentine humanists Pico and Poliziano.

Dr Gianni Gallello, a Marie Curie Research Fellow for the University of York's Department of Archaeology, has published research about two of the most important humanists of the Italian Renaissance, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Angelo Poliziano. The research, Poisoning histories in the Italian Renaissance: The case of Pico Della Mirandola and Angelo Poliziano, looks at high arsenic values in the soft tissue of the humanists and how his methodological approach may provide data as proof of the poisoning. 

In 1494 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Angelo Poliziano died suddenly and for centuries their deaths have been greatly debated. The exhumation of their remains offered the opportunity to study the cause of their death through a multidisciplinary research project. 

Discover more about Dr Gianni Gallello's research.