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Francesco del Cossa's fresco 'April'

Professor Ita Mac Carthy recently appeared on BBC Radio 4's 'Moving Pictures' to discuss Francesco del Casso's fresco 'April'.

This episode of 'Moving Pictures' takes a closer look at a fresco by Francesco del Cossa that adorns the wall in the Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara. The fresco takes us from the realm of the gods - a garden of love presided over by Venus - to the city far below, where the region's ruler, Borso d'Este, shows off both his magnanimity and his elegant pins. We meet the court jester, go to the races, and discover why Renaissance princes liked to shimmer.

Listen to the episode here.