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20 03, 2017

Florence’s art saved, thanks to a woman

2017-03-20T18:55:15+00:00 March 20th, 2017|

The Medici Dynasty Show & AWA Foundation Florence was and is made great by its creative capital, a city that has never lost its artistic soul despite the passing of time. While other cities saw their famous art sold or traded around the world, in Florence the most famous works still exist here today – [...]

8 03, 2017

The Powerful Legacy of Women in Florence

2017-03-08T11:22:57+00:00 March 8th, 2017|

Buried in storage throughout Florence are thousands of evocative paintings, sculptures, and drawings collected from Italy and around the world, that remain overlooked and unrestored. The reason? They were created by women. Too often stepped over in the long march of history, women were limited by social and cultural norms that prevented them from entering [...]

28 12, 2016

Lorenzo the Magnificent: Life, Conspiracy and Patronage

2016-12-28T17:25:57+00:00 December 28th, 2016|

Lorenzo the Magnificent. Photo found on familypedia.wikia.com Lorenzo de’ Medici, or Lorenzo the Magnificent, was born on January 1st 1449, to Piero di Cosimo de’ Medici a.k.a. Piero the Gouty and Lucrezia Tornabuoni. He was the grandson of Cosimo the Elder and Contessina de’ Bardi. Lorenzo was a respected political figure and de [...]

21 12, 2016

Florence: a taste of Christmas during the Renaissance

2016-12-21T18:41:48+00:00 December 21st, 2016|

There's always something magic about a city that "dresses up" for the season as Christmas approaches. Streets are lined with lights; tables are decked out with wreaths, candles, place cards. The weather, the people and even the atmosphere itself are different. It got us thinking here at The Medici Dynasty Show: how did people celebrate [...]

6 12, 2016

The Life and Contributions of Cosimo I de’ Medici

2016-12-28T17:27:04+00:00 December 6th, 2016|

Cosimo I de' Medici. Photo found on kleio.org Cosimo I de’ Medici, or more simply, Cosimo de’ Medici, was born on June 12th 1519 to Lodovico de’ Medici and Maria Salviati. Historically, he is famously known as the second Duke of Florence and the first Grand Duke of Tuscany. However, he has also [...]

20 11, 2016

Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici: The Man Who Began the Italian Renaissance

2016-11-28T16:26:50+00:00 November 20th, 2016|

Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici. Photo found on magnoliabox.com Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici (1360 – 1429) was an Italian banker who founded the Medici Bank which initiated the Medici’s rise to power. Unlike his family who came after him, Giovanni was not born into wealth. His father, Averardo de’ Medici, and his [...]

8 11, 2016

Discover the Santa Maria Novella Neighborhood

2016-11-21T17:24:32+00:00 November 8th, 2016|

photo credits © ThingLink The Santa Maria Novella Church is the very first basilica in Florence and dates back to the mid-13th century. It is Florence’s main Dominican church and contains many of Florence’s artistic masterpieces and funerary chapels of prominent Florentine families who funded many of the frescoes within the church. Giorgio Vasari was the [...]

2 11, 2016

Medici: Masters of Florence: The Women of the Medici Dynasty

2016-11-05T17:53:33+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|

Annabel Scholey as Contessina de' Bardi in Medici: Masters of Florence. Photo by movieplayer.it Lately, there's been a lot of talk going around about the leading male characters of Medici: Masters of Florence, Cosimo the Elder and Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici. This time, we wanted to focus on the leading female roles, [...]

27 10, 2016

How the Architecture of the Medici Palaces Inspired One Wall Street Bank

2016-10-26T17:55:24+00:00 October 27th, 2016|

Federal Reserve Bank (top) and Pitti Palace (below) Did you know that the architecture of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York was inspired by architecture of the Medici palaces? York and Sawyer, the architectural firm ran by Edward York and Philip Sawyer, designed the building with ornamental ironwork by Samuel Yellin, a [...]

25 10, 2016

Medici: Masters of Florence: Filming Locations in Florence and Tuscany

2016-10-25T15:02:00+00:00 October 25th, 2016|

Cast of Medici: Masters of Florence. Photo found on quotidiano.net Tuesday October 18, 2016 brought us the premiere of Medici: Masters of Florence in Italy. The plot proved to be full of suspense with talented international actors to back it up. It was wonderful to see all the different on-location settings the series [...]