Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Episode two of The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance is entitled "The Magnificent Medici." With Cosimo de' Medici dead, his grandson Lorenzo is left to run things. When Lorenzo's brother gets murdered, revenge is swiftly made by his supporters. Florence grows in political and cultural significance. Michelangelo, Botticelli, and da Vinci completed some of their most famous work during this period. When Lorenzo dies, the family is denounced by an outspoken Dominican preacher named Girolamo Savonarola. The aristocratic Medici are forced out of Florence in 1494 and Savonarola orders sweeping reforms. Many works of art are destroyed because of their decadence. The Medici series was first broadcast on PBS in February 2004.
renaissance, dynasty, family, Italy, ambition, Europe, power, wealth, artistic-movement, patron