The Medici

The Medici

Godfathers of the Renaissance

DVD - 2004
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A tale of one family's ambition and of Europe's struggle to emerge from the ravages of the Dark Ages. The Medici used charm, skill and ruthlessness to garner unparalleled wealth and power, ruling Europe for more than 300 years
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Home Video, 2004
ISBN: 9780793697199
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (220 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 841887002202


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Jun 18, 2019

End the confusion! This excellent doc explains - there were two Cosimos and two Giovannis in the Medici family. Same first names, different generations. The film follows the lives of the Medici and the artists that they patronized. Now I can rest.

May 09, 2019

I'm fairly blown away at how much influence this one family has had on history in general. I had no idea.

Mar 15, 2017

Definitely worth 5 stars...for anyone with an interest in history, this is a great documentary, which combines dramatizations with factual comments, and proves how extraordinarily influential the Medici family was, and how interconnected their "reign" with so many important moments in the Renaissance age.

May 02, 2016

Great doc about the Medici family-does a good job of placing the generations of the family members in time and seeing how they interacted with other well-known people like Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Galileo, etc. I was not overly fond of the narrator's voice, but he was easy to understand, so it was not the accent that I found distracting-more the tone and vocal quality of his voice. There were lots of little details that were fun o learn-things that people probably don't know if you only have a cursory knowledge of this family and their history.

Mar 22, 2016

If you love history, you'll love this documentary film

EuSei Jun 06, 2012

Interesting study about the influence of the Medici family in Renaissance Florence’s financial world and the arts; there are a few instances though when characters inexplicably disappeared, with no explanation. The representation of Girolamo Savanarola was over the top, highly exaggerated, as a demon right out of the flames of Hell: corroded teeth, drooling, wild-eyed, overgrown dirty fingernails—in one word, ridiculous. Interestingly the “Bonfire of the Vanities” mentioned was not organized by Savanarola, but his followers, and it seems it was invented by San Bernardino di Siena, many years before. Sandro Botticelli is shown burning one of his paintings; yet one can’t help but wonder why enormously visible targets such as The Spring, Athena and the Centaur, or The Birth of Venus would have been spared by a band of fanatics… At the end, Savanarola’s predictions actually come to pass: Florence collapses under the depravity and extravagances of Lorenzo dei Medici, il Magnifico! The series had one irritating problem: one of the professors kept mispronouncing Medici, putting the emphasis in the second syllable instead of the first, making it sound, in Italian, as “me dice,” or “tell me”… Most of the program was shot at Offagna, the reason why I couldn’t recognize Florence! :-)

May 21, 2012

This was a great dramatization and wonderful preparation for our recent trip to Italy. It really added to our enjoyment of the trip!


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