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    conflict. The insult, as Jones puts it, serves as the first chapter of his book and as the springboard for long-lived grudge. Jones writes that according to an anonymous author from the 15th century, named Anonimo Magliabechiano, the insult occurred in Florence, Italy “by the benches at Palazzo Spini” (20). Leonardo was walking by a number of Florentine citizens, discussing a portion of Dante’s poetry, when one of the men called out to him and asked for his input on the matter at hand. Yet, as if it was

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    During the renaissance era, there were many people that had a major impact on how the renaissance was viewed. However the Medici family played a key role in the success of the era. From 1434 Cosimo de' Medici is unmistakably the most powerful man in Florence, even though his family's cause has suffered a severe setback in the previous year. After his rise to power in 1434, his patronage brings much work to the city's painters, sculptors and architects. Everybody in the family contributed to the success

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    conflict between France and Spain over control of Naples. When King Charles VIII of France set out, around the 1490's, to claim the southern Italian Kingdom, he found assistance, not resistance, from Lodovico Sforza, then Duke of Milan. The leader in Florence, Piero Medici, set out to confront the French invasion, but upon realization of the might of his opposition, he "panicked [and] rode out to meet Charles and presented him with keys to…the important fortresses in Florentine territory" (Muhlberger

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    The Life and Works of Niccolo Machiavelli

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    on May 3, 1469, in Florence, Italy. This was during the golden ages of Florence, a powerful point in its history. His parents were Bernardo Machiavelli, who was a lawyer, and Bartolomea Machiavelli. He was the third of four children (Ford 11). He had two older sisters named Primavera and Margerita. Machiavelli also had a younger brother, Totto, who was six years younger than him (Ford 11). The Machiavelli family lived in a large house in the Santo Spirito quarter of Florence, near the Ponte Vecchio

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    Cosimo

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    the one that increased the families power in wealth was Giovanni. At that time, economic Status in Florence Republic was equivalent to political power. He was the last one to hold a high office until the 16th century (Cleough, James, and Christopher Hibbert). Cosimo De Medici was Born on 1389 (Gardner, Edmund). Cosimo admired education greatly and had the best education in the 14th century Florence. He respected classical knowledge and ideals. Cosimo was a humanist. Humanists admire the value of

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    educating, and providing them with necessities to live. Some of these were well known artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael. Because of the Medici family Florence became known as the cultural center of Europe and cradle of New Humanism. For a century they maintained total authority in Florence behind the popular forms of a republic. During the first economic Golden Age the Fugger and Medici families proved to have major monetary and political influence. Though both did have some negative

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    History of the city of Florence

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    History of the city of Florence In the entire scope of history there are few civilizations that have left their own unique imprint upon the rest of the world as well as influencing future generations like the city of Florence. Only a handful of nations can claim the cultural, financial, social, and artistic accomplishments that this city can. Throughout the history of approximately three thousand years Florence has proven to be an impressively resilient civilization that takes pride

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    Michelangelo di Ludovico Buonarroti Simoni

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    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. Michelangelo began to

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    Greek Art

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    to attend the meeting of the Plato Academy comprising of scholars from various fields of learning. Marsilio Ficino had started the academy years ago. A well-read man, he had translated the works of great masters and introduced printing of books in Florence. Christoforo Landino, Angelo Poliziano and Pico are some of the esteemed members of the academy. They query Michelangelo about his knowledge of Greek art and volunteer to teach him the ancient language. They also talk about purifying the church and

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    taught Giovanni everything he needed to know about banking. Vieri owned his own bank chain from 1348 to 1392 in Europe. Once Vieri retired Giovanni created the Medici bank in 1397 in Florence and a branch in Rome. Due to the booming success of the first Medici bank, three more branches opened in Rome, Venice, and Florence. In 1402 Giovanni opened a wool factory. Six years later a new factory was opened for trading spices, olive oil, jewelry, and other goods. Soon after that there was a fourth Medici

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