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Florence, Italy (06:44)


The Medici family ruled from the city for most of the Italian Renaissance. The Piazza del Duomo and the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Flower are covered in white and green marble. The interior fresco depicting the last judgement was completed by multiple artists patronized by the Medicis.

Santa Trinita Square (04:36)

Renaissance palaces, including the Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni, surround the square. Its architecture shows the shift from late Renaissance to Mannerism styles. The Santa Trinita church's interior has a Gothic design but includes Renaissance era frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio.

Piazza della Signoria (04:43)

The square was once the center of politics in Florence; the Palazzo Vecchio was the duke's palace. The square includes numerous statues from prominent artists like Michelangelo and Donatello. A bronze statue and a fountain honor Cosimo I de' Medici, the first Grand Duke of Tuscany.

Palazzo Vecchio (07:30)

Construction on the palace began in 1299; it was to be the seat of the Florentine government. When Cosimo I de' Medici rose to power, it became his family's palace and much of the interior was redecorated. Frescoes and statues depict Florence's military victories.

Palazzo Vecchio's Private Quarters (08:55)

Second floor apartments are dedicated to each of the four elements. The Hercules Room has coffered ceilings and frescoes. Many of the rooms are decorated with Mannerist art.

Bargello Palace (03:24)

The palace, which once housed the police force and a prison, was built in 1255 and became a museum in the 19th century. The Loggia Verona and other parts of the palace are filled with Gothic and Renaissance era statues.

Santa Croce Church (09:08)

The church was built in the 13th century and is the largest Franciscan church in the world. It is filled with statues, frescoes, and religious artwork. The church also has the tombs of numerous famous Italians, like Michelangelo and Dante Alighieri.

Santa Croce Complex (03:36)

The chapel is dedicated to the Medici family. It includes artwork from Andrea della Robbia and Francesco Lombardi. A courtyard and loggia connect the church to other areas, which were once part of the monastery and convent.

Credits: Florence: Part 1 - Treasures of the Italian Renaissance (02:28)

Credits: Florence: Part 1 - Treasures of the Italian Renaissance

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Florence is possibly the city in Italy most associated with the Renaissance. This two part program explores the city's history, as well as the many great artists who orginiated there, including Giotto, Michaelangelo, Botticelli, Dante, and Machiavelli. We also visit several sites around the city that display famous masterpieces, such as the Neptune fountain in the Piazza della Signoria, which was sculpted by Bartolomeo Ammanati and Giambologna, and the marble replica of David by Michaelangelo. The famous Duomo with its impossible dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1436—an architectural feat well ahead of its time—houses important works by Pisano, Donatello, and Luca della Robbia. The Palazzo Vecchio was the home of the famous Medici family, a striking 13th century palace featuring lavishly decorated chambers and ornate courtyards. Frescoes by Vasari, paintings by Michaelangelo, Buonarroti, Donatello, and Verrochio, and statues by Cellini, Giambologna, and Pio Fedi serve to accentuate the architecture and gardens. The most famous museum in Florence is the Uffizi, an enormous museum with a vast collection. Finally, the Bargello National Museum houses one of the most important collections of Renaissance art in Italy. The collection includes masterpieces by Michaelangelo, sculptures by Donatello, including David, as well as works by Gemito, Sansovino, Giambologna, and Cellini.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL189261

ISBN: 978-1-64623-733-3

Copyright date: ©2017

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