While ironically, Lorenzo had asked Savonarola to move to Florence, captured by his incredible gifts as a preacher, Savonarola had been quick to express his criticism of the Magnificent and bring about political and social turmoil. A radically ascetic fundamentalist, Savonarola denounced the Medici rule for bringing a “de-cristianization” to Florence, charging the city itself with profound corruption and excessive laicism, and inciting divine retribution. In 1497, his supporters publicly burned thousands of objects that might tempt one to sin (art, books, musical instrument and cosmetics) in the “Bonfire of the Vanities.” Even Botticelli, influenced by Savonarola’s apocalyptic sermons that pervaded the city, burned several of his own works that celebrated classical ideals of beauty and form, and underwent a significant artistic evolution.A sharing of fundamentalist beliefs in an attempt to better society? Or a means of scaring the public into accepting a new form of political and spiritual rule? Sharing is caring..or.. sharing is scaring?
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