The Medici Dynasty Show

The story of Florence is intrinsically connected to the story of one family: the Medici. It was thanks to their patronage that Florence will take the leading role on an international scale, but if it wasn’t for a Medici lady, Anna Maria Luisa Ludovica, a large part of this inestimable heritage would have been lost. On the 31st October, 1737, it was her to sign the Family Pact with the Lorena, to whom she leaves “Galleries, Paintings, statues, libraries, jewelry and other precious things” but “with the express condition that the possessions will serve only as an ornament of the state, for the public utility and to attract the curiosity of Foreigners, and nothing to be transported, or removed , outside the capital, and the rule of the Grand Duchy”.

The treasure of Lorenzo il Magnifico

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: the martyrdom of Savonarola

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.

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