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The Ezio Auditore Affair was a virtual representation of one of Ezio Auditore's genetic memories, relived by Desmond Miles in 2012 through the Animus 2.01.


Ezio Auditore used his newly acquired invitation and a few courtesans to enter the Castel Sant'Angelo, which was showcasing several works of art, including two da Vinci paintings. Ezio moved among the crowd and marked the paintings for the courtesans to steal.


Ezio met with a group of courtesans on the bridge to the Vatican. He instructed them on what to do once inside the Castel Sant'Angelo.

  • Ezio: Come with me. Once we get inside, I will mark the paintings for you to steal. Bring them to Leonardo's workshop. Capito? (Understand?)
The Ezio Auditore Affair 1

Ezio instructing the courtesans

The courtesans, led by Ezio, made their way to the art viewing but were stopped by a guard at the entrance to the castello.

  • Guard 1: Invitation?
  • Ezio: Here.

Ezio handed the guard the invitation and the group of courtesans flirted with him as they passed.

  • Guard 1: Oh my. Come back soon... I hope.

Ezio made his way around the viewing, in the outer yard of the castello, in search of the first painting.

  • Cardinal 1: How daring! I have not seen an annunciation from this angle before.
  • Cardinal 2: The composition suffers I feel. The light of God is not properly expressed. It does not move me.
  • Cardinal 1: You are truly stuck in your ways, my friend.

Ezio identified the first painting as St Jerome in the Wilderness and marked it for theft. Soon after, a guard emerged from the Castello, inviting the cardinals inside.

The Ezio Auditore Affair 6

Ezio marking Adoration of the Magi

  • Guard 2: The upper floors are now open to the cardinals who wish to see additional expressions of devotion.

Ezio sneaked into the Castello to locate the final da Vinci painting. Once the painting, Adoration of the Magi, had been identified and marked for theft, Ezio began his escape. His actions did not go unnoticed.

  • Guard 3: Two of the paintings are missing! Be on the lookout for a thief!


Ezio located the final two paintings and escaped the castello.


  • The first target painting is located randomly, thus Ezio needs to use Eagle Vision to find it.
  • To mark the paintings, Ezio scratches a line onto the edge of the frame.
  • The memory's title and events are a reference to the 1999 film The Thomas Crown Affair, in which a wealthy banker plans to steal an expensive Monet painting.
  • The memory is one of the few where the Castel Sant'Angelo and the Ponte Sant'Angelo are not restricted areas.



Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood memories
Main memories
Sequence 1: Peace at Last
Mass Exodus - Homecoming - R & R - Horsing Around - Target Practice - Reunion - Vilified - Emergency Exit
Sequence 2: A Wilderness of Tigers
As Good As New - Well Executed - New Man in Town - Easy Come, Easy Go - Who's Got Mail? - Crepi il Lupo - The Halls of Nero - Roman Underground
Sequence 3: The Fighter, the Lover and the Thief
Double Agent - Between a Rock and a Hard Place - High-Stakes Negotiation - Collective Intelligence
Sequence 4: Den of Thieves
Castello Crasher - Femme Fatale - The Burdens We Carry - Guardian of Forlì - Man of the People - Serial Offender - Human Cargo - An Unexpected Visitor - War Plans - Outgunned - The Plan
Sequence 5: The Banker
Escape From Debt - Follow the Money - When in Rome... - In and Out - Paper Trail
Sequence 6: The Baron de Valois
Gatekeeper - French Kiss - Trojan Horse - Au Revoir
Sequence 7: The Key to the Castello
Patching the Leak - Calling All Stand-Ins - Exit Stage Right - Intervention - Ascension
Sequence 8: The Borgia
Requiem - An Apple a Day - The Apple of Eden - Demilitarization - Seeing Red - All Roads Lead To...
Sequence 9: The Fall
Pax Romana - A Seed
Secret locations
Wolves Among the Dead - Thrown to the Wolves - Leader of the Pack - The Sixth Day - A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing - Shopaholic - Liquid Gold
War machines
War Plans - Loose Cannon - War Plans - Flying Machine 2.0 - War Plans - Hell on Wheels
Templar agents
Down to Earth - Counter-Propaganda - Excommunication - Firing Line - Red-Handed - The Ringer
Cristina memories
A Second Chance - Last Rites - Best Man - Persona Non Grata - Love's Labour's Lost
Assassination contracts
Two's Company - Tactical Correction - ...And Three's a Crowd - Serf's Turf - The Three Amici - Red Letter Day - The Merchant of Rome - Bearers of Bad News - Cardinal Sin - Turning the Tables - Graduation - Brutes and Brutality
Thief assignments
Lost Pup - A Clash of Interests - Up to Speed - Class Warfare - Pointing Fingers - Eye on the Prize - Young at Heart - Downsizing - A Blanket Finish - For the Fans
Courtesan assignments
Property Dispute - Old Habits Die Hard - The Morning After - Running Scared - Live Bait - Malpractice - Closing In - Bad Politics - Troublemakers - Ghostwriting
The Da Vinci Disappearance
A Roll of the Dice - The One Who Got Away - Memento Mori - Bon Voyage - Last Minute Invite - The Ezio Auditore Affair - Decoding Da Vinci - The Temple of Pythagoras
Copernicus Conspiracy
False Censorship - Out of Orbit - Intelligentsia - Honorary Degree - Expedited Post - Man in Red - Sitting Ducks - Close the Book