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Multimedia Monday (9/12): The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

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This PBS documentary follows the Medici family of Florence in the 15th century. The Medici family rose to power on the onset of the Renaissance, and this documentary (divided in 4 parts) shows how the family began and their impact on European history and the Renaissance. It looks at the construction of the great dome in Florence, the "Birth of Venus" painting, Michelangelo's "David," Luther's Reformation, and Galileo. The episode list is:

  • Episode 1, The Birth of a Dynasty - starts in Florence in 1400 and outlines the increasing wealth and power of the family, culminating in the dome of Florence being built in 1436.
  • Episode 2, The Magnificent Medici - starts in 1466 and partly examines the Medici relationship with Botticelli.
  • Episode 3, The Medici Popes - starts in 1501 and shows Michelangelo's sculpting of the David, and the election of Giovanni de'Medici as Pope Leo X.
  • Episode 4, Power vs. Truth - concludes the story with Galileo's relationship with the Medici family and the Inquisition in Rome.

Each episode is 55 minutes long, and is available on DVD.

Multimedia Mondays, a series devoted to new media to use with AP® History classes, runs every Monday from September 12 to December 19.