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Raphael's Lorenzo De' Medici - Christie's London announced on May 21, 2007 that Lorenzo de' Medici (1518), a portrait of sound provenance by renowned Italian Renaissance master Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael (1483-1520), will be available for purchase as part of its Important Old Master and British Pictures auction on Thursday, July 5, 2007. On display at the esteemed auction house's King Street salerooms, beginning June 30, will be Raphael's painting, one of a handful by the artist still privately held. Owned by Ira Spanierman since 1968, issues of the work's attribution to Raphael were tackled by Sir Charles Robinson (1824-1913) and firmly resolved in 1971 by the prolific Konrad Oberhuber, former director of Vienna's...   [tags: Art Artist Raphael Medici] 1147 words
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The Medici Bank - Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici founded the Medici bank in 1397 after splitting from his nephew to establish a bank branch in Florence. As the new bank grew and expanded, so did the wealth and power of the Medici family. When Cosimo il Vecchio de’ Medici, Giovanni’s son, took over the banking business in 1434, the increasing economic power of the Medici family allowed them to establish themselves as effective rulers of Florence while keeping the republican system of government nominally intact. The bank provided the Medici family a combination of economic and political power that facilitated the stability of Medici rule....   [tags: Finance ]
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The Medici Influence and the Italian Renaissance - A post Middle Age Italy was afflicted by medieval wars and the bubonic plague. A change was needed to restore the vision of what Italy could become. This change was found within one family: the Medici’s, who helped to return the glory and influence to Florence. The Medici’s saw the value in contributing to the advancement of the greatest minds of the period. This was evident in their patronage of leading Artists such as Michelangelo and of renowned Teachers such as Galileo. The sphere of influence the Medici’s enjoyed also extended to the political arena, which happened to be heavily influenced by the Catholic Church at the time....   [tags: European Renaissance Essays] 1195 words
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The Medici Family During the Renaissance - The Renaissance was a time of rebirth of classic learning of the Greeks and Romans in Western Europe after the Middle Ages. Humanism, started by Pettrarch, was the popular belief during that era. People no longer believed that art and culture were only in the hands of the clergy. People wanted to explore and be creative, to be part of the arts and literature themselves. The Medici family were great humanists and made significant contribution to the development of the Italian and European Renaissance....   [tags: European Renaissance Essays] 1140 words
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The Power of The House of Medici - ... Using the family wealth, Cosimo set up a network of secretive alliances that ruined the competition and benefited the Medici Bank. Cosimo really began to have complete power of Florence. He was able to use money to control all businesses in Florence. Medici Banks started to open up all over the world at that time. Because the Pope had a credit line in the bank, the Medici also had connections in the church, making them even more powerful. Many people began to get angry with Cosimo, especially the old families that used to be significant....   [tags: bank, wealth, influence] 622 words
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Influence of the De Medici Family - The influence of a few people or ideas can affect a culture for a lifetime. The de Medici family was a powerful family that captured the ideals and principles of the Florence Renaissance and were able to use them to increase their influence during the time. Their influence in this time created many positive effects, some of which are still felt today. The family used their influence during this time to impact Florence and other European countries through their patronage of the arts, and political influence....   [tags: people of power in the Renaissance] 1293 words
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The Medici Influence and the Italian Renaissance - Post-Middle Age Italy was afflicted by medieval wars and the bubonic plague. It needed a change to restore the vision of what Italy could become. This change revealed itself within the Medici family, who helped return glory and influence to Florence. The Medici family saw the value in contributing to the advancement of the greatest minds of the period. This was evident in their patronage of leading artists such as Michelangelo and of renowned teachers such as Galileo. The sphere of influence the Medicis enjoyed also extended to the political arena, which happened to be heavily influenced by the Catholic Church at the time....   [tags: European Renaissance Essays]
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Significant of the Medici Family in Italy - ... Lorenzo’s great-great-grandson Cosimo (1519-1574) became duke of Florence in 1537 and his descendants would rule as grand dukes into the 1700s. The Medici family were beneficial to the renaissance because they helped established Florence as a significant city in Europe, they were patrons of arts and culture, they produced 4 popes in an era where religion was very important. The Medici’s families contribution towards the renaissances was mainly based on how they helped established Florence as a significant city in Europe....   [tags: powerful family, renaissance era] 815 words
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The Medici Family During the Renaissance - Florence, Italy was a city just like any other during the Renaissance. It was city of 50,000 people, less than there were in Paris and Venice but more than most other European cities. The busiest parts of the city were the Ponte Vecchio, a place lined with markets and houses, the neighborhood of the Orsanmichele and Mercato Vecchio, or the Old Market. Florence was a place of beauty and leisure. A Venetian visitor once said, “There is in my opinion no region more sweeter than that wherein Florence is a placed for Florence is situated in a plain surrounded on all sides by hills and mountains…And the hills are fertile cultivated, pleasant…” (Unger, pg....   [tags: European Renaissance Essays]
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The Medici Effects by Frans Johansson - When we were given the opportunity to review a book that related to our entrepreneurship class I had one goal in mind, I wanted to find an author that was not the typical writer. I did not want a sixty-five year old professor who would give me dry explanations about theories and business models that I had covered in class. Frans Johansson was raised in Sweden and received his bachelor’s in Environmental Science then earned his MBA. Johansson was just what I had been searching for, someone who was applying concepts in ways that would help me throughout my own career....   [tags: business, Peter’s Café] 1356 words
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The Importance of the Medici Family in the Italian Renaissance - ... Many families had established banking empires in this region and one would find Italian banks stretching from the Middle East to London, but the Medici's wealth became great enough where many speculate that they may have been the wealthiest family in Europe in this era. The Medici Bank's founder, Giovanni di Bicci de'Medici, started with very little personal wealth having his father's estate be divided amongst six family members, but was wise enough to make proper investments. Having reason to believe the papacy, which had endured constant turmoil within itself, would return to Rome some day he invested in developing a bank within the city....   [tags: noble famlies, politics, papacy] 521 words
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The Power and Influence of Catherine De Medici - ... This cause a lot of ruckus throughout France, they didn’t want an Italian woman to become their queen. Many even thought he would never have children and her time would be short but between 1543 and 1555 she gave birth to ten children, seven of which went on to adulthood. Throughout Henrys reign as king, he excluded Catherine participating in state affairs. “Catherine stayed in the background as there was no reason for her to grasp the limelight as her husband, the strong king and the nobility appeared to be tamed under his strong leadership”....   [tags: French Renaissance, Catherine the Great] 895 words
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Influences of the Medici Family During the Renaissance - ... The Medici family was the main family in the Renaissance. This family could also be the reason that Florence became the main part of the Renaissance. They were basically considered royalty to the people of Florence even before they started to rule. Without this family, art would not be the same. It might be something that people don’t enjoy (Spitz 85). The Medici family brought many artists who people had never heard of and turned them into something that pretty much everybody has heard of today....   [tags: florence, art, banking] 2221 words
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Lorenzo de Medici: Machiavelli or Michelangelo? - Florence during Lorenzo de Medici’s time was a city of contradictions: artistic brilliance sprouted from the squalor of the city’s crowed streets and autocrats ruled over republican institutions. Florence fostered both the grandeur of Botticelli’s Primavera and the harsh realism of Machiavelli’s the prince. Lorenzo de Medici, the de facto ruler of the city, best embodied such contradictions. He was both a Machiavelli, using menace, betrayal, cajoles and schemes to exert power, and a Michelangelo, a poet and artist stimulating the onset of the Renaissance....   [tags: history, art, Italy,] 647 words
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Edict of January by Catherine de' Medici - There was a constant struggle for power in France in the 16th century. The de’ Medici family and the Guise family were the two major influences on France at the time. Catherine de Medici in particular had a hand in almost everything that was passed or that occurred while she and her sons were in power. She was one of the most prominent Politiques in history. She had influence over all of her sons, and was an advisor to all of them. She was able to shape France without having any outward involvement in any of the on-goings, though she did have outward involvement in the on-goings when she was Regent for one of her sons....   [tags: religious equality, influence, france]
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Analysis of Catherine de Medici's Reign - Catherine de Medici’s culpability for the turbulent events in France in 1559-72 remains a topic of some debate. Highly personal protestant pamphleteers associated Catherine with sinister comparisons to the contemporary evil Machiavelli which eventually developed into the ‘Black Legend’. Jean.H. Mariégol consolidates this interpretation, overwhelmingly assuming Catherine’s wickedness; the Queen Mother was deemed to be acting for ‘personal aggrandizement’ without an interest in the monarchy. Neale provides a corrective arguing a ‘dominant maternalism’ drove Catherine’s policies....   [tags: French History]
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A Comparison of Powerful Female Monarchs: Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici - ... Another difference between Elizabeth and Catherine was their marital status. Catherine was the queen consort of France, while Elizabeth was the sole-monarch of England. As a man, and the King of France, Henry II could easily undermine Catherine, but there was no co-monarch to undermine Elizabeth’s rule. It is likely that Elizabeth never married because she did not want to share her power with a husband (Stathis, 56). Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici had almost opposite experiences when it came to power and marriage....   [tags: notorious European monarchs] 998 words
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Catherine de Medici and Obsession Over Power - Catherine de Medici and Obsession Over Power "An execrable woman whose memory will remain in bloody crepe until the end of time[1]". For nearly 400 years this assessment of Catherine de Medici held true. In the popular imagination she is a Machiavellian schemer using poison on those who hindered her in her quest to gain and maintain power at court, a view of Catherine reinforced in recent years by the film La Reine Margot, based on the book by Dumas. Most traditionalist historians take their information on Catherine from pamphlets such as Discours Merveilleuse de la Vie, Actions et Deportment de Catherine de Medicis, Royne Mere[2]....   [tags: Papers] 1207 words
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The Prince Analysis - Historical Background Having spent his childhood most peacefully, Niccolo Machiavelli, the great Italian philosopher witnessed Italy’s state of decadence and intense political conflict in his adulthood. The then Italy was not a unified country rather, it was an accumulation of city-states, each with its own court and ruler, each of them attempting to addition control over the others. Italy was not only a place of domestic intrigue but also a battleground for the force-ravenous French, the Spanish, the Germans and the Catholic Church under the power of the popes....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli, Medici, politics, Italy]
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Economic Success and Political Influence of the Fuggers and Medicis - In the late fifteenth, and early sixteenth centuries the first economic Golden Age began. Two families, the Fugger's and Medici's were of immense wealth and power. Both helped to finance projects for certain people and institutions of power, like the Pope, English Monarchy and the Holy Roman Empire. Their economic success and political influence caused much turmoil then, and even more in the future. Because of the Fuggers' and Medici's wealth and power in society they easily influenced politics, especially ecclesiastical governance by usury and sale of indulgences....   [tags: European History] 952 words
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Boticelli's La Primavera - ... This may cause some confusion as the wind also blows from east to west and not in reverse. “The circle of the Zodiac, whose turning was thought to control the ebb and flow of the changing seasons, moves counter to the rotation of the earth. In schematic form, the seasons actually do move “backwards,” marching from right to left across the dome of the heavens.” Therefore, it can be concluded that Botticelli inspired by the poets and poetry that surrounded him, and the fact that young Lorenzo had just purchased a rural farm, used the rustic roman calendar as a basis for the compositional layout of “La Primavera.” In August of 1481, Lorenzo the Magnificent arranged for the marriage of t...   [tags: painting analysis, Medicis] 768 words
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Batlles, Medics, and Soldiers from the Revolutionary War - ... The war showed little remorse for those fighting. Another thing is the conditions of the battles that turn wins into losses. There are times that it is good to loose. “The engagement (known as the battle of Bunker Hill) ended in a British victory, but lent to encouragement to the Revolutionary cause. The British saw no other way but to fight the colonists. There were little supplies for the rebels but they did the best with what they had. The life of the soldier has many struggles in the war....   [tags: freedom, england, america] 763 words
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On the Nature of Man by Aristotle -  Airs Waters and Places: Aristotle attributed the environment as a role to disease. This was an addition to the four humors from his work: On the Nature of Man. An Example is of people of the north whom were attributed to having phlegmatic properties due to their location and winter elements. People of Africa attributed to people of bile due to there how climate like that of the summer elements. Air, waters and places allowed the thought of the environment to be attributed to an illness. This theory allowed for better diagnosis of the actual cause of an illness and better treatment by knowing ones environment and culture....   [tags: airs waters, materia medica] 584 words
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Pearl Harbor: Different Viewpoints of This Horrible Day - On the morning of December 7th, 1941 America was shocked about what had just happened to its country. And more shocked about what had happened in Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor was being attacked by the Imperial Navy, that was based out of Japan. Before the attacks that happened on Pearl Harbor, Japan has been speaking to the United States about prolonged peace, hope, and prosperity between the United States and Japan. But that dream of peace and prosperity came to a crashing halt on the morning of the attacks on Pearl Harbor....   [tags: military, medics, commander] 1473 words
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Review of "The Central Line" - This year, the applications to enroll in medical schools increased by 6.1 percent to more than 48,000, breaking records set in 1996 (Lopatto). Job openings for doctors and nurses sparked the interest of the younger generation, and this, I believe, is because of the enthralling and captivating experiences that result from these fields. The article “The Central Line” by Atul Gawande covers an example of what these future surgeons and medics learn while in the field. However, the student will not perform perfectly the first time....   [tags: Surgeons, Medics, Article Analysis]
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Creative Writing: The Flu Virus - The flu virus has spread throughout the building, there were children shivering in the arms of their mothers, anxious fathers and frightened medics. As the President, Tom Mason had very little help to offer; they were under-staffed with the outside world only glimpsing at their troubles. When the first child commenced to cough blood, Lourdes Delgado snapped. Storming down the corridors, every man stepped out of the way as she barged into the royal office. The startled gasps did very little to hinder her confidence....   [tags: violence, frightened medics] 618 words
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Role of Women in the Scientific Revolution - When most people think of the Scientific Revolution, they think of scientists such as Galileo, Newton, Brahe, and Boyle. However, many people do not even know about the many women who played a vital role in the scientific advancements of this period. Even when these women were alive, most of society either ignored them or publicly disapproved their unladylike behavior. Because of this, these women were often forgotten from history, and very little is known about the majority of them. Although their names rarely appear in history books, the female scientists of the Scientific Revolution still impacted the world of science in several ways....   [tags: female sex, queen christina, medicis]
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Giralamo Savonarola and the Development of the Renaissance in Florence - THESIS STATEMENT The moral fanatic and religious fundamentalist, Giralamo Savonarola, inhibited the development of the Renaissance in Florence and brought the city back into the Middle Ages. PURPOSE STATEMENT Through scholarly research of Florentine politics and daily life during the rule of the Medici, it is affirmed that Giralamo Savonarola used religion and fear to inhibit the progression of the Renaissance in Florence. INTRODUCTION Religion provides hope for those who are hopeless. It aims to welcome those who are alienated and feel that their life has no purpose....   [tags: Florentine Politics, Religion] 2211 words
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Michelangelo di Ludovico Buonarroti Simoni - Michelangelo di Ludovico Buonarroti Simoni was born on March 6, 1475 in the Tuscan town of Caprese, which is located near Arezzo. His family was native to Florence, his father part of the Florentine government, therefore they returned to the city within a few weeks of his birth. Florence during the Renaissance period was a vibrant arts center, an opportune locale for Michelangelo’s innate talents to develop and flourish. His mother died when he was 6. Florence seemed to be a perfect city to raise a child with such artistic ambition....   [tags: Biography, Sculptor, Artist, Caprese, Italia]
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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli - ... Machiavelli distinguishes between different principalities, how to acquire and retain them. A recurring theme for princes to ensure their security is to expunge the former rulers, so that the people already accustomed to living under a prince will naturally succumb to the new prince; they will be ‘accustomed to obey’ (Marriott 2001, p. 27). Most of the time it is advised that the prince must reside in the principality to establish colonies that align with him. The author often speaks of a ‘wise man’ (Marriott 2001, p....   [tags: book review and analysis] 2031 words
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The Life and Works of Michelangelo - ... "Already at 16, my mind was a battlefield: my love of pagan beauty, the male nude, at with my religious faith. A polarity of themes and forms...one spiritual, the other earthly, I've kept these carvings on the walls of my studio to this very day." A year later after his work, he moved to Rome where he tried to to do some research about newly classical statues and ruins. With this he was able to produces his first large-scale sculpture, Bacchus [1]. This was more of a Pagan subject rather Christian....   [tags: one of the greatest artist of all time] 2470 words
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The Discovery of Antibiotics by Alexander Fleming - The discovery of antibiotics is attributed to Alexander Fleming who discovered the first antibiotic to be commercially used (Penicillin) in approximately 1928. An antibiotic, also known as an antimicrobial, is a medication that is taken in order to either destroy or slow the growth rate of bacteria. Antibiotics are integral to the success of many medical practises, such as; surgical procedures, organ transplants, the treatment of cancer and the treatment of the critically ill. (Ramanan Laxminarayan, 2013) The emergence of Penicillin marked the dawn of the antibiotic era and allowed for diseases which normally ended in death or dysfunction to be eliminated and for people to carry on living he...   [tags: penicillin, antimicrobial, medicin] 3182 words
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Different Morals, Attitudes, and Goals with Changing Generations - ... Another reason why things are so much easier for this generation is the new technology we have available. With all the new technology and so much help from our previous generations, it has gave this generation a different attitude and not so much in a good way. This generation’s attitude has been infected with laziness, selfishness, and greed. It seems that most people in my generation today is very and only self-focused. They are all worried about how much money they can make and care about only what they want, and how quick they can obtain it....   [tags: technology, medica, selfish] 522 words
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Machiavelli: The Father of Modern Political Science - During the time 1469, a child by the name of Niccolo Di Bernardo Del Machiavelli was born .Some may know him as an Italian philosopher, humanist, or a evil minded fellow associated with the corruptness of totalitarian government. In Machiavelli’s home state Florence, he introduces the modern political theory. Hoping to gain influence with the ruling Medici family Niccolo wrote a pamphlet call The Prince (Prezzolini). Niccolo lived a nondescript childhood and his main political experience in his youth was watching Savonarola from afar....   [tags: Political Science]
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Patrons and Artisans of the Renaissance Period - The Renaissance period (1400 to 1700) covered art, literature, philosophy and government. Renaissance culture spread outwards from Florence, to other Italian cities and then, over the following centuries, to the rest of Europe. It is widely understood that it was a unique combination of several different influences that led to the Renaissance, with the social and political conditions of the era, combined with great wealth and the large number of talented artists and artisans in Florence; influencing cultural development on an exceptional scale....   [tags: European History, European Artists] 1002 words
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A Brief Treatise for Philosophical Inquiry During the Italian Renaissance - There is a certain fascination when humans begin to have a retrospective view on life. The Renaissance (or rebirth), which occurred during the Quattrocento period in Italy, epitomized this phenomenon. The individuals involved, pursued antiquity with a fervent vigor and passion not seen in the following centuries of the modern age. Among the city-states on the Italian Peninsula, the Florentine Republic was on the verge of being the most prominent center of the Renaissance. Many contributing factors such as influential families, the various guilds, politicians, and the numerous learned individuals propelled Florence to new heights of achievement; including artistic expression, philosophical st...   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Drug Testing and Legalization of Marijuana - For over a century the legalization of medical marijuana in the United States has been a growing controversy. Washington and Colorado are the two recent states that have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational uses. In contrast, others in federal positions believe the use of marijuana has no beneficial use to it which creates a struggle into its legalization. Marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug believed to be dangerous and highly addictive, also thought to be a “gateway” drug leading to a dark path of drug abuse....   [tags: Medicl Marijuana, United States, Economy]
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Queen Margot - Through the use of two main characters in the film, Queen Margot, a critical examination will be made to further understand the importance of developing characters and their respected standard historical interpretations. By heavily characterizing the protagonist, Margaret of Valois, audience members were given the ability to identify with her. Similarly, the Queen regent, Catherine de Medici remained heavily mythologized in the film to advance the plotline. The overall success of the film can thereby be attributed to the prominence of the representation of historical figures....   [tags: FIlm Analysis, Character Development]
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Is Machiavelli Machiavellian? - Throughout history, The Prince has been considered one of the greatest guides to political wheelings and dealings. But, it wasn’t always like that, one could almost liken it to the modern day Wikileaks. It was a book that was part political satire and part exposé on how the people’s princes did their thing. The Prince also sparked the creation of the word machiavellian, an adjective that means cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics or in advancing one’s career. The question is, does Machiavelli actually deserve the term his writing has garnered him....   [tags: The Prince, Leadership, Politics]
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The Influence of Martin Luthern and Cosimo de'Medici on Western Culture - Martin Luther and Cosimo de’Medici are known as some of the most important and influential people on the Western culture. Martin Luther shaped the Western culture socially and religiously with powerful words, while Cosimo de’Medici impacted the economy and politically through money and power. Cosimo de’Medici changed Florence in many ways by contributing to the Republic of Florence with his strong hand in the establishment of some of the most infamous renaissance masterpieces. Cosimo de’Medici ruled Florence without actually being in power in the political system....   [tags: investing, religion, economics] 635 words
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In the Defense of The Prince - ... One may think that he would advocate an absolute extirpation of all the agency of the government opposes the subduer. Quite to the contrary, Niccolo Machiavelli realizes such wanton cruelty would be harmful to internal stability. " . . But vigorous your armies could also be, you'll forever want the favour of the inhabitants to require possession of a province one " (Machiavelli 226). If the dictator was to kill many folks while not reason, he would not gain the fortification of the folks and be featured with warfare and revolt throughout his reign....   [tags: Niccolo Machiavelli work review] 1347 words
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Michelangelo´s Tomb Projects and Inspiration - The two tomb projects are; The Julius Tomb and The Medici Tombs. The Julius Tomb was commissioned by Pope Julius II in 1505, from drawings made by Michelangelo Pope Julius selected a huge three level monument with over 40 statues. The project was to be completed in five years and Michelangelo was to be paid 10,000 ducats. The Tomb was to be placed in the unfinished Quattrocento choir of St. Peter’s. However Julius decided to build a new church and lost interest in the Tomb project, perhaps because of lack of money....   [tags: Renaissance, catholic church, tomb projects] 932 words
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Art Analysis: Adoration of the Magi by Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi - Viewing Reaction: Adoration of the Magi Introduction This altarpiece painting was done in tempera paint on wood by Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi. He became known as Sandro Botticelli. “Botticelli” was a nickname given by his older brother meaning 'small wine cask'. “(Artble, 2014). According to our textbook, this painting is one of four Adorations he painted that have achieved lasting fame. (Wold, 2008) Botticelli was an Italian Renaissance painter whose life spanned from 1440-1510. I was unable to verify where he was born, but most of the information I came across seemed to agree his home town was Florence, Italy....   [tags: Aesthetic Value, symbolism] 573 words
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The Art of Michelangelo - His hands work quickly and delicately to complete this work of art. Every chiseled muscle would be as smooth as silk, each hair a perfect curl. Sweat dripped from his face and his heart pounded rapidly in his chest as he stepped back to see what he had created. Two years- two long years to finish this piece. What will the result be. He worried that all his work would have been for nothing. Tears swelled in his eyes as he gazed at his work. It was spectacular. The marble seemed to faintly glow in the afternoon sun....   [tags: Biography] 1679 words
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A Retrospective on Rebirth - There is a certain fascination in life when humans at a certain time become retrospective. The Renaissance or rebirth in Italy during the Quattrocento period epitomized this phenomenon. Throughout history and only during Renaissance have humans been able to embed a sense of urgency to relearn the ideas and culture of antiquity. Among the city-states on the Italian Peninsula, the Florentine Republic was on the verge of being the most prominent center of the Renaissance. Many contributing factors such as the influential families, the various guilds, politicians, and learned men propelled Florence to new heights of achievement; these include artistic expression, philosophical views—not seen sin...   [tags: The Renaissance]
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The Story of Michelangelo - ... As Florence was the artistic center of the early Renaissance, a period of outstanding autistics innovation and accomplishment that began in the early 1400s. In many ways the masterpieces that surround Michelangelo were his best teachers- ancient Greek and Roman statuary, and the painting, sculpture, and architecture of early Renaissance masters. He had demonstrated obvious talent has he was taking under the wing of Lorenzo de’ Medici, who was the rule of the Florentine republic and a great patron of the arts....   [tags: renaissance period, gothic styles]
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Commentary on Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince - ... Machiavelli decides to present his work to Lorenzo Medici, although it was formerly intended to be given to Giuliano Medici; Giuliano’s death led to the change of decision to be Lorenzo. He wishes to be of some use to the Medici empire through presenting this work, and hopes that he may regain some status in the Florentine government. He was an official in the Florentine Republic for many years, with responsibilities in diplomatic affairs, when the Medici were out of power. After the Medici had recovered power and he no longer held a position of responsibility in Florence, he hastily comprised The Prince....   [tags: Italy, Renaissance, Politics] 1039 words
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Birth of Venus - Sandro Botticello’s The Birth of Venus is the Florentine painter’s most famous work. Completed in about 1480, the painting now hangs in the Ufizzi in Florence. This tempura on canvas painting is large in size at 5’8” X 9’1” (Janson and Janson 443) and reflects the artistic and philosophical trends of its day. Painted on the dividing line of the middle ages with the Italian Renaissance, the painting’s subject and style are influenced by a developing and transitioning aesthetic. Botticelli or Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi was born to an upper middle class family of four sons in the Ognissanti parish in 1445 (“Botticelli”)....   [tags: Art ]
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