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The Medici – Godfathers of the Renaissance

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.   The Medici – Birth of a Dynasty part 1   Europe, 1400: A continent torn apart by war and plague is dominated by the authority of the Catholic Church. In the towns and cities live merchants and entrepreneurs…

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The Mystic Nativity

The story of the Mystic Nativity - Sandro Botticelli's beautiful image of hope in troubled times. This masterpiece was painted 500 years ago in Florence, at the height of the city's fame & influence.     Botticelli's Mystic Nativity is a painting that lovers of mystery fiction should like: a Renaissance masterpiece crammed with cryptic symbols disguising a dangerous message. But it is much more besides. Painted in 1500 by one of the most famous artists of all time, it…

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Civilisation episode 4 – Man – The Measure of all Things

Civilisation episode 4 - Man - The Measure of all Things: Kenneth Clark continues his personal reflections on civilisation with a look at Renaissance man.     Clark visits Florence, where the resurrection of a classical past first gave a new impetus to European thought, and then journeys to the palaces of Urbino and Mantua, where the Renaissance manifested itself in glorious architecture. He talks of Humanism and of perspective, of Donatello, Botticelli and Van Eyck. Kenneth Clark's classic 1969…

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