A dying dynasty Anna Maria Luisa de Medici (1667-1743) is the woman whom Florence owes everything, and even though not as famous than his illustious ancestors, she was probably more important to determine what the city is today. Anna Maria Luisa de Medici was the daughter of Cosimo III Grand Duke of Tuscany. She had two brothers: Ferdinand, Grand Prince of Tuscany (meant to become the next Grand Duke), and Gian Gastone. The Medici family, unhealthy by nature, was on the verge of extintion when … [Read more...] about Anna Maria Luisa de Medici – Medici family
Giuliano de Medici I'm writing articles about the Medici family, this is the fourth of the series, dedicated to Giuliano de Medici. If you're asking me "Giuliano de Medici who?", you probably know that this name refers to two members of the family, so let's try to understand who are you looking for. You can also read similar articles on Cosimo de Medici, Lorenzo de Medici, Giovanni de Medici, Piero de Medici, Ferdinando de Medici, Francesco de Medici, or you can find all of them in our amazing … [Read more...] about Giuliano de Medici who?
MEDICI FAMILY TREE Giovanni de Medici Giovanni is maybe the most used name in the Medici family, and if you look at a Medici family tree you'll see so many Giovanni de Medici to get immediately confused. I already wrote similar articles for Cosimo and Lorenzo. The question today is: Giovanni de Medici who? Read on and pick the right one. … [Read more...] about Giovanni de Medici who?
MEDICI FAMILY TREE Lorenzo de Medici Recently I started a series of articles related to the Medici family tree. It's easy to get confused when we speak of the Medici family as they used the same names for many generations. Recently I tried to clear out everything about Cosimo de Medici, today the article is dedicated to Lorenzo de Medici: Lorenzo de Medici who? That's again the question, let's try to answer. More like this: Giovanni de Medici, Giuliano de Medici, Piero de Medici, Ferdinando de … [Read more...] about Lorenzo de Medici who?
MEDICI FAMILY TREE Cosimo de Medici I'm writing articles on the members of the Medici family and realized that it might be confusing for a reader who doesn't know Florence Italy history perfectly. The problem is the Medici family used the same names many times, to honor a brother, an uncle, a grand-father and so on. Today the article is dedicated to Cosimo de Medici. Cosimo de Medici who? That's the question, let's try to shed some light. Coming soon, other Medici common names like Lorenzo, … [Read more...] about Cosimo de Medici who?
Brunelleschi and Ghiberti - A long rivalry Brunelleschi participated, in 1401, to the competition for the Baptistery doors, ultimately won by Lorenzo Ghiberti. He was not very happy with the result and for all his life he was in competition with Ghiberti, also thinking that the commissions created to choose were corrupted by his rival. So when he competed again with Ghiberti for another job, the dome of the Cathedral, he was very suspicious and didn't want to reveal any detail of his project, … [Read more...] about Brunelleschi and the egg