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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. The many illustrations, clarified by ample captions, do not add up to a mere gallery of official portraits; rather, the
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Good introductory book on the Medici May 16, 2010
This book presents a very basic information on the Medici which is not necessarily a bad thing. If you don't know anything on the Medici and would like a light introduction on the topic, this would be a good book to get.
Recommended to those who may be visiting Florence and would like to know a little bit more about the story of the city and the patrons who banked the Renaissance.
Good, but Very Short Jan 9, 2010
While Franco Cesati obviously knows the Medici very, very well, this book barely scratches the surface of that knowledge. He covers about 750 years of Tuscan history in just 135 small pages. And the text is "stretched" by several pictures on each page. Without the pictures this book would be less than 100 pages. I still gave the book 4 stars simply because the author knows his stuff and it really is a great intro to the Medici. For something a little more in-depth, check out The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall or Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici.