Lorenzo the Magnificent, son of Piero Gottoso and Lucrezia Tornabuoni, nephew of Cosimo il Vecchio, is born in Florence in 1449 and is educated by great humanists and philosophers such as Marsilio Ficino. After his father’s death (1469), he continued the politics of the Medici family, that of “governing without ruling”, maintaining the control over the political Florentine life without eliminating the republican government that was formally in charge. From Rome, Pope Sixtus IV planned an anti-Medici plot, the “Congiura dei Pazzi”, that was supposed to kill Lorenzo and his brother Giuliano (Lorenzo was saved while Giuliano died).
May 23rd, 1498. A tribune, set up on the steps of the Palazzo della Signoria, at the corner occupied now by Neptune, receives the highest city authorities, two envoys of the Pope, and a few dozen friars. A large crowd is waiting on the other side of the square. Around the scaffold there are straws and firewood being placed. Savonarola and two of his associates, Silvestro Maruffi and Domenico Buonvicini, were found guilty of heresy and schism. They are escorted in front of the grandstand where the reading of the judgment and undressing takes place: their hands, faces and heads are being shaved, and they are stripped of their Dominican clothes and covered with small white robes.
We met Tommaso Sacchi in Florence, the place where he lives and works. Tommaso is not only a curator, organizer and consultant in the creativity and artistic production field, but also an elegant young man, full of style. While we are talking, I observe him, dressed in a light shirt and blue jacket, of modern taste but with a vintage touch, while he tells me about his life. His path is very rich and interesting: at only 32 years old he has had a series of experiences that span across the entire cultural sector and has collaborated with personalities of great importance, in Italy and also abroad.
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