Girolamo Savonarola from Ferrara Born in Ferrara in 1452, Girolamo Savonarola was the third of seven children of a family of merchants originating from Padua that moved in Ferrara in 1440. His grandfather Michele, in particular, was a well known doctor in medicine at the court of the Dukes of Ferrara and he was responsible for the education of Girolamo. Intensely religious, Girolamo's grandfather transmitted his devotion to the Holy Bible and also his disgust for the corruption at the court of … [Read more...] about Girolamo Savonarola – Saint or tyrant?
Niccolò Machiavelli Niccolò Machiavelli was born in Florence in 1469. He was a politician, writer, philosopher and historian. His father was a small merchant, interested in politics. Machiavelli started studying at the age of seven, focusing on Latin works and some ancient Greek work translated into Latin. His childhood was spent in the most fluorishing period of Renaissance Florence, with the Medici family, in the person of Lorenzo The Magnificent, ruling the town, sponsoring amazing artworks … [Read more...] about Machiavelli – Father of the modern political science
Donatello and Brunelleschi Donatello and Brunelleschi were two protagonists of the early Renaissance in Florence Italy. Friends in their life, Donatello and Brunelleschi were part of a group of bright minds who often discussed things in front of a tasty dinner, and even had fun with incredible pranks. They also were partners in their work, as many famous architectures by Brunelleschi, like the Sagrestia vecchia in San Lorenzo church, have been decorated by Donatello, and their partnership began … [Read more...] about Donatello and Brunelleschi – A challenge in sculpture
Piero de Medici Welcome to the fifth of seven articles of this series about thenames used by the Medici family. A family that, like many important families of the past, used to call their sons after their ancestors, creating a lot of confusion for us today, when we search for a clue in the Medici family tree. I already wrote articles to help with some of the most used names in the Medici family: Giovanni de Medici, Cosimo de Medici, Lorenzo de Medici, Giuliano de Medici, Ferdinando de Medici … [Read more...] about Piero de Medici who?
When you think about sculpture and Renaissance, the name that comes to mind is Michelangelo Buonarroti. Not everybody knows that Michelangelo owes most of his achievements to Donatello, the sculptor that first explored the Renaissance. … [Read more...] about Life of Donatello
Glazed terracotta When thinking of sculpture, you would probably imagine a marble statue or a bronze work, but glazed terracotta was a protagonist of Florence Italy Renaissance. Terracotta sculpture has many advantages: durable, not expensive, easy to model and easy to reproduce in more copies just using a mold. Around 1440, Luca della Robbia invented a technique to paint terracotta, called terracotta invetriata (glazed). … [Read more...] about Glazed Terracotta – Della Robbia