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

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

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

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From their political machinations to their patronage of the arts to their influence on what we know as modern-day Italy, the Medici family left an undeniable mark on the history of the country and beyond. 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. I particularly liked the many scenes of manly cloaked figures riding their horses full tilt across the Tuscan countryside. It either demonstrates a deteriorating memory on my part or is a testament to the quality and entertainment value of the book; I like to think the latter. This first major UK exhibition to explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master Donatello, arguably the greatest sculptor of all time, presented a fresh vision of the artist and his influence on subsequent generations.

Anthony Pagden, also following Elliot’s “blunted impact” theory, similarly created a model of acculturation by delineating phases of encounter and then possession. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, Birth of Venus. The shift in the representation of the Americas in Florence demonstrates that it was through inventive allegorical imagery that the New World became integrated into Florentine culture as a political reality and even as a subject of patriotism. In chapter 2 a tapestry representing dovizia (abundance) designed by court artist Agnolo Bronzino elucidates the gradual integration of the Americas into the Medici idea of prosperity and conquest. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item.

While Dacos refuted the notion that Aztec art had any effect on Renaissance art, she simultaneously indicated that American inspiration did exist, observing that Raphael studied and depicted the exotic New World animals that had been brought to the papal court when he produced frescoes in the papal apartments.

But within a few minutes of watching the pilot episode, I knew I’d found my next binge-worthy series. In this book, facts run into opinions whether they are of the author or primary sources of the time, which in itself is hard to distinguish at times. John L’Heureux’s novel delivers both a monumental and intimate narrative of the creative genius, Donatello, at the height of his powers. Strathern describes the family against the background of an age that lauded ancient and classical learning. All subsequent issues should be received around the 'on-sale date' of the magazine except for international deliveries where it can take an additional 14 days (for UK based magazines) and 30 days (for US based magazines).Paul Strathern’s The Medici: Power, Money and Ambition in the Italian Renaissance, is a fast paced book which has much to merit its fame. 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. I know the line sounds a bit paradoxical, but this game has been the closest thing to the much needed time travelling that we need. It then traces the path of the first objects from the Americas in Europe and their reception and dispersal among Habsburg circles.



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