Sunday, December 19, 2010


Machiavelli and The prince on the Discovery channel

An information excerpt on Machiavelli and the prince I was watching on the discovery channel. Very informative and allowed me to tie in the ideas I grasped from mosaics 2 with the very descriptive style of the Discovery channel on Machiavelli

Cesare Borgia & Jesus Christ: Why are people confused by their pictures?

By James Soyemi
Defined as an ideal Prince by Machiavelli, Cesare Borgia is a figure many people in medieval Europe looked up to. Photos of Cesare Borgia resemble those of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is a figure many people look up to also. But the speculation many people have is, “Is the photo of Jesus Christ that of Cesare Borgia”. Many people including Machiavelli may believe Cesare Borgia is a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Based on the way he was able to rule a nation at a young age, and the power he held made him an example of an ideal prince to Machiavelli. During Borgia’s Reign, Numerous portraits of Christ were produced and Borgia’s visage may have influenced the depictions of Christ.The image of Cesare Borgia being Jesus Christ is also exemplified in popular culture. Rapper GZA said, “Even learnt Caucasians were really the tribute of Edom, the white image, of Christ, is really Cesare Borgia”, in his song entitled “B.I.B.L.E”. In my own views I believe that Cesare Borgia may look similar to Jesus Christ, but they are not the same individuals. They may share similar characteristics but they are two different individuals from different time periods in history.