THE MEDICI - Story of a European Dynasty.
Firenze, La Mandragora, 1999. 1st edition. Paperback, 21cmx15cm, As New /Cover in color, Cover illustration: Pietro da Cortona: 'Allegory of Pease and War'. Graphic design: Laura Venturi. The Medici are probably the best-known and most illustrious Italian family - one that produced two popes, two Queens of France and such a multi-faceted and extraordinary figure as Lorenzo the Magnificent. Their name is inextricably linked to the history of Florence. The city itself remains a living symbol of the peninsula's most splendid epoch. When people around the world think of Italy, they usually think of Florence and Tuscany, and of the priceless art collections that hold, to this day, an irresistible fascination for millions of visitors. This concise and brilliant book reads like a piece of journalism in the best sense of the term. With an entirely original and non-provincial approach, the author traces the dazzling rise and fall of this dynasty, from the first gonfaloniere to the last Grand Duke, tirelessly bringing out its historical links with Florence, Italy and Europe. Contents: I). Florence before the Medici. II). The dawn of power. III). The Magnificent epoch. IV). Approaching princedom. V). The family at its pinnacle. VI). Love and death in the House of Medici. VII). The age of ambition. VIII). The twilight of the dynasty. With genealogical tree and index of names. Numerous fotos in color. 143 pag.
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