Machiavelli and Botticelli Movies to Hit the Screen in 2016

Machiavelli and Botticelli are set to hit screens in 2016. We sat down to chat with Italian director, Lorenzo Raveggi about his two ambitious projects.

10 Creepy Things to See at the Louvre That Are Better Than the Mona Lisa

If you’re an ancient historian, a medievalist, or early modernist, there are so many other amazing pieces and works of art a the Louvre other than these two tourist staples. Here is my list of cool, creepy, unusual and better than the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris.

Flee the loathsome shadow: Marsilio Ficino (1433-99) and the Medici in Florence

This article examines the changing political landscape of Medicean Florence, from Cosimo de’ Medici (1389-1464) to his grandson Lorenzo the Magnificent (1449-1492), through the letters of the celebrated neo-Platonist philosopher Marsilio Ficino (1433-99).

For reasons of state: political executions, republicanism, and the Medici in Florence, 1480-1560

This article explores how the changing nature of punishment for political crimes in Renaissance Florence from the fifteenth to the sixteenth centuries can be read as a barometer of political change in the city.

Heraldry in the Trecento Madrigal

This study investigates a repertoire of eighteen madrigals whose texts refer to heraldry, all of which were composed in trecento Italy.

The Symbolical Career of Georgios Gemistos Plethon

Thus Gemistos was the first who in an authoritative way attacked the hegemony of Aristotle in western thought.

Spectacular Antiquities: power and display of anticaglie at the court of Cosimo I de’ Medici

Florentines were interested in the early history of their city. Several founding legends were developed over the centuries, some of which owed more to fantasy than to history, but all of which insisted that Florence was an ancient city, going back at least to the late Roman Republic.

Roman Architectural Spolia

My charge is to say something about spolia that illuminates the theme “Rome: The Tide of Influence.” “Influence” is another term requiring definition.

The Medici Bank and the World of Florentine Capitalism

The Medici bank is certainly the most suitable subject for such an investigation. More is known about it than about any other firm in Renaissance Florence.

Cosimo’s four slaves

Cosimo’s four slaves Beck, James I Medici in Rete. Ricerca e progettualità scientifica a proposito dell’archivio Mediceo avanti il Principato, edited by Cotta, Irene, and Klein, Francesca (Florence, 2003) Abstract From time to time, as an unreconstructed aficionado of archival research, I devote a block of time to seeking fresh notices or documentary confirmation concerning diverse arguments […]

Medici Power and Patronage under Cosimo the Elder and Lorenzo the Magnificent

Medici Power and Patronage under Cosimo the Elder and Lorenzo the Magnificent By Kelly Ann Gilbert Honors BA Thesis, Eastern Michigan University, 2005 Introduction: The Medici family controlled Florence for over three centuries. The man responsible for putting the family in power was Cosimo de’ Medici (1389-1464), who was also known as Cosimo the Elder. […]

The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

From a small Italian community in 15th-century Florence, the Medici family would rise to rule Europe in many ways. Using charm, patronage, skill, duplicity and ruthlessness, they would amass unparalleled wealth and unprecedented power.

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