25 04, 2017

The Tumulteous Life and Exile of Queen Marie de’ Medici

2017-04-25T16:16:43+00:00 April 25th, 2017|

Young Maria de' Medici by da Santi di Tito The Medici Dynasty Show celebrates the birthday of Marie de' Medici, better known as Marie, Regent Queen of France. Exiled by her own son, and painted 24 times by the great painter, Peter Paul Rubens, who was Queen Marie de’ Medici? The daughter of [...]

19 04, 2017

Power, art, legacy: The Medici Dynasty Show is back for 2017

2017-04-19T16:44:22+00:00 April 19th, 2017|

Photo credits © Enrico Lanari The 2017 season has launched, and the opening was spectacular. Tim Daish and Carolina Gamini were in top form, returning to the stage with energy and power to the delight of the audience. We’ve revised the multimedia projections, slipped in new historical details for added colour, and are [...]

11 04, 2017

“Scoppio del Carro” on Easter Sunday in Florence

2017-04-11T10:56:35+00:00 April 11th, 2017|

It is a tradition that dates all the way back to the First Crusade, when Florentines marched under the command of Pazzino di Ranieri de’ Pazzi, a leader from the noble Florentine family known well for their failed Pazzi Conspiracy hundreds of years later. It was Pazzino who, it is said, was first to the [...]

9 04, 2017

The Creativity of Convents

2017-04-10T17:28:53+00:00 April 9th, 2017|

What do Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, the sisters of Fuligno, and a painting Nun of the Renaissance have in common? The Medici Dynasty Show, of course! Oh, and they all lived in convents and impacted Florentine history. Throughout history, convents were a place where women could live and congregate together, sharing education and passing down [...]

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 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 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 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 [...]