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A Fresh Guide To Florence With Fab 5 Freddy airs Sat 27 Jul on BBC-2



Hip hop pioneer Fred Brathwaite – aka Fab 5 Freddy – goes on a quest to uncover the hidden black figures of Italian Renaissance art.

“Not only were Renaissance artists making art that defined high aesthetic ideals, but they were also groundbreaking in showing an ethnically diverse, racially mixed Italy in the 15th and 16th century. You just have to look at the art.”

Art has always helped us see the world through fresh eyes, and many Renaissance artists produced works that preceded and defied racial stereotypes, including Giotto, Ghiberti, Titian and Carpaccio. In this revelatory documentary, the hip hop legend and art lover saddles up to examine 15th and 16th century Italian Renaissance art in 15th century style – on horseback.

Amidst superstar artists such as Michelangelo, and powerful patrons such as the Medicis, Fab discovers groundbreaking images of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society that have slipped through the cracks of art history.

Part of a generation of cultural disrupters himself in New York in the 1970s and 1980s, Fab was at the centre of a creative and cultural revolution, collaborating with Grandmaster Flash and producing music, making art and producing films. With so many Italian Renaissance artists shaking things up and representing black figures of prominence in their work, he brings the focus back to the social change at the heart of the art movement, and the artists who were the cultural disrupters of their time.

Airdate: Saturday 27 July 2019 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC TWO.