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The Medici – Power, Money, and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance

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The ladies of the family played their own parts, with Catherine de Medici dominating the Valois of France, followed to the throne by her cousin Marie.

Inspired by the virtuoso dance improvisations of Andalusian gypsy guitar players, it is one of the more remarkable compositions of the entire eighteenth-century keyboard literature. Born in Florence around 1445 (the exact date is unknown), Botticelli belonged to the Florentine school of painters under the patronage of Lorenzo de’ Medici. Through unrest, church schisms, invasion by the Holy Roman Empire and France, the Medici flourished, none more so than the flamboyant Lorenzo.But Hibbert's book is about the entirety of the Medici lives, not just their enormous contribution to the Arts. Despite this lack of direct ties, these Medici grand dukes acquired a great number of objects from the New World, such as masks, featherwork, and codices—more than most other contemporary European rulers, collectors, and scientists in the sixteenth century.

Hiker with an insatiable curiosity for nature and a love for writing and discovering hidden gems off the beaten path. Parks starts with a clear and provocative statement “with usura we have the Renaissance, no less” and delves into the history of banking system, of which the Medici were main actors. Soon, I sought out YouTube to satiate my ever growing hunger for information and a virtual taste of the rich cultural heritage of Renaissance Florence.Eventually a hundred and fifty European states and local coin-issuing authorities came out with their own copies of the florin. At the same time, Lippi created paintings of remarkable beauty, such as The Nativity in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Scholars of Italian and American art history will especially welcome and benefit from Markey’s insight. We take a trip back to Florence, the playground of the dynasty, to discover what life was like during their rule and chart the rise and fall of the Medici Bank.

If you make a purchase through these links, at no additional cost to you, we may earn a small commission. And so both Catherine and Jeanne's lives are set on unwanted paths, destined to cross in affairs of state, love and faith, driving them to become deadly political rivals. In Episode 2 of Season 1 of Medici, we also meet Filippo Brunelleschi, famous for figuring out how to add the dome to the iconic Santa Maria del Fiore that dominates the skyline of Florence to this day. The novel entertains while it delves deeply into both the sacred and the profane in Florence, one of the Italian Renaissance’s most consequential cities. The Medici court’s collection and representation of the Americas were driven by this new knowledge and a desire to contribute to it.

This is a real page-turner, filled with juicy details, it’s a witty and fascinating insight about how making money was then strictly related to the rules and laws created by the Church.

Chapter 1 therefore defines the initial response to the Americas on the Italian peninsula and introduces the reader to the most important textual sources about the New World that the Medici studied and that subsequently pervade this study. In truth, she says, the Medici were as devious and immoral as the Borgias – tyrants loathed in the city they illegally made their own and which they beggared in their lust for power.The ratings/reviews displayed here may not be representative of every listing on this page, or of every review for these listings. Strathern also follows the lives of many of the great Renaissance artists with whom the Medici had dealings, including Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello; as well as scientists like Galileo and Pico della Mirandola; and the fortunes of those members of the Medici family who achieved success away from Florence, including the two Medici popes and Catherine de' Médicis, who became Queen of France and played a major role in that country through three turbulent reigns. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. By the author’s line of thought, then by all means Michelangelo ought not to have been a repressed homosexual since his David didn’t depict the features that Donatello’s did, which was claimed to be a permeation of his sexuality into his art. Chapter 3 demonstrates how Cosimo and Eleonora acquired novelties and conquered new territories virtually by amassing American objects and by constructing Cosimo’s Guardaroba Nuova, a new collection space for these precious goods organized according to geographic provenance.

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