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3 08, 2017

Late medieval Florence – the Medici

By |2018-04-10T22:50:25-07:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

Lorenzo de' Medici In the early 1400s AD, a few rich families ruled the city-state of Florence in northern Italy. With the Holy Roman Empire very weak, these families ran Florence as an independent country. But most people in Florence had lost the political power they used to have, and they were angry about it. The Medici family, who owned a successful bank, [...]

31 07, 2017

Who was Donatello? – a sculptor in Florence

By |2019-05-15T06:06:09-07:00July 31st, 2017|Art, Medieval|0 Comments

David, from the story of David and Goliath Who was Donatello? Donatello was an Italian sculptor, from Florence, in the later Middle Ages. He was born in Florence about 1386 AD. His family were involved with buying and selling wool, and were probably pretty well off. He was homeschooled with some other kids, and then went [...]

30 07, 2017

The Duomo in Florence, Italy

By |2019-05-18T21:24:42-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

The Duomo in Florence (cathedral) Why did Florence want a new cathedral? The Republic of Florence started to plan this cathedral in the late 1200s AD, when Dante was growing up, to replace the old cathedral from about 500 AD that was too small and old. Medieval Florence Who was Dante? The Florence baptistery Medieval architecture All our medieval Europe articles They [...]