House of Medici Essays

  • Miniver Cheevy Allusion

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    poem can be seen in lines (17-18), "Miniver loved the Medici, / Albeit he had never soon one.” This allusion demonstrates Cheevy's desire to be something greater in life than the failure he has become, like the example I used above such as a history teacher. Miniver Cheevy wants to become someone important like the nobel kings of the past. In his daydreams he wishes to become as wealthy and influential as the Medici. The reference to the Medici family, harshly contrasts the life of Cheevy because

  • Niccolo Machiavelli's The Morals Of The Prince

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    Many thoughts have been shared and others written about leadership. Rulers too are continuously striving to be the best history has ever recorded. The only difficulty that persists is that none of these guides provide clear-cut recipes to successful leadership, and most rulers often find themselves in grave dilemmas. The book that most people believe to have set the standard for a leader is The Morals of the Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli. The author begins by advising every prince who wishes to

  • Lateness And Motifs In Edward Said's On Late Style

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    The Leopard is an historical novel written by an aging Italian prince based on the exploits of his great grandfather. This book opens when the Bourbon state of Naples and Sicily, then called the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, was coming to an end. On the surface it seems to follow Italy’s unification and the people who were involved in it. The Leopard was written by Giuseppe di Lampedusa who was a cosmopolitan Sicilian prince born in Italy in 1896. He was an educated and well read man, and had thought

  • Niccolo Machiavelli: What Makes A Good Leader?

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    Up until 1532 leaders in Italy were supposed to rule according to traditional ethic norms (Niccolo). This was until The Prince. The Prince is an essay that Niccolò Machiavelli wrote during a time of political conflict in Italy. This essay was his attempt to end the conflict and bring resolution to the peninsula (Niccolo). However; it did quite the opposite, instead it brought more conflict and uneasiness to the people. While many disagree with Machiavelli’s points about what makes a good leader,

  • Godman And Audubon Analysis

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    Yes, we are able to find meaning in all works of art upon close looking, but it is when we situate works of art within the networks of social relations and historical conditions that gave shape to their meaning that we are able to understand them best. When we ask ourselves questions and take into consideration things such as when works of art were created, where they were created, who might have been looking at them and what exactly the purpose of their creation might have been, that is when we

  • Machiavelli's Political Philosophy

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    ancient and heroic pride/In true Italian hearts has never died.” A bold statement that explains one’s patriotism to its country. “There is no figure presently in sight,” he writes, “in whom [Italy] can better place her trust than your illustrious house, which, with its fortune and its merits, favored by God and the Church of which it is now the head, can take the lead in this process of redemption.” A powerful statement that explains that as long as God and the Church are in the forefront no weapon

  • Cultural Importance Of Art Collection

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    The urge to acquire and own art is a time-honoured one. From the grand patronage of Renaissance popes and princes (not to mention de Medici), to eighteenth-century British aristocrats, or the bulk buying of Europe’s cultural heritage by America’s J. Paul Getty, over the centuries art has been amassed for purposes of propaganda, prestige, intellectual enlightenment and sheer pleasure. Few activities run the gamut of human impulses more comprehensively than the acquisition of art. Yet, however lofty

  • The Medici Family In Italy

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    The Medici family, otherwise called the House of Medici, emigrated to Florence from the Tuscan highland amid the 12th century. Through banking and trade, the Medici family came to be as one of, if not the most opulent families in Italy. Nonetheless, it wasn 't until the 13th-15th century that the Medici initiated converting their riches into political capital, making them the informal, yet undisputed, leaders of Florence. The family 's engrossment and advocacy in creative arts and humanities made

  • Medici Family Influence On Renaissance

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    This essay is about the influence of the Medici family on Florentine art and the development of humanist thought. The Medici family had a lot of power for four generations (1418-1494) as they were a wealthy family who owned banks and got their money from “banking interests”. They “molded and manipulated, controlled and cajoled, persuaded and poked” the citizens of Florence until 1494, when the angry citizens overthrew the Medici family. The family created their own “personal work of art” in Florence

  • How Does Palladio Influence Western Architecture

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    architecture; however, not taking hold in America until mid-18th century. This classical design of the portico has, since its introduction to the Western architecture, remained a status symbol for American and English houses today and indicates the success and importance of the residents of a house. In addition to the typical portico, Palladio is also credited for popularizing the monumental two-tiered portico: porticoes with two levels or floors of columns. Another significant element of Palladian villas

  • Machiavelli The Prince

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    extensive education as a child. During this time, the Medici family, who ruled Florence at that time and many more centuries to come, temporary fell and lost political power. Machiavelli became a diplomat for the Republic of Florence while the Medici family was exiled. The Medici family came back to power in 1512 and tortured, jailed, and banished from politics, as Machiavelli was involved in attempting to organize a military against the return of the Medici family. The Republic of Florence subsequently

  • Medici's Participation In The Renaissance

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    Renaissance. Since a large portion of the population was gone, there was a crop increase which lead to lower prices and henceforth more excess wealth. With new found wealth allowed citizens at patronize art. Among the largest of these art patrons were the Medici family family of Florence. The Medici’s were a powerful and politically involved family of extreme wealth. The family used their political and finical power to fund art through Italy. They held this power for the majority of the time from the 13th

  • How Did Brunelleschi Influence The Renaissance

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    Brunelleschi and the Renaissance The Renaissance was a period of artistic brilliance that was born from the ruins of Europe after being ravaged by the horror of the bubonic plague or black death. The Renaissance was a cultural movement based on humanist values derived by great philosophers the most notable being Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. this movement lasted from the 14th to 17th centuries and in these years some of the greatest artists the world has ever seen were sponsored commissioned

  • Dishonesty In The Prince

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    Florentine politician who retired from public work to write at length on the skills required to successfully capturing and staying in power. Written in 1513, Il Principe (The Prince) is the masterpiece of Machiavelli which was dedicated to Lorenzo de ' Medici. It is generally taken as the source of his political philosophy. The treatise consists of 26 chapters. It deals with the rules for the guidance of a prince who has come to power. It has now become an art of governance rather than a book of political

  • Niccolo Machiavelli Summary

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    Italy to parents who were members of the old Florentine nobility. His father was a reputable lawyer, and so he received a formal education. Later on, he entered public service and worked under the Republic of Florence for fourteen years. When the Medici returned, Machiavelli lost his job, upon which began the period of his literary activity. He died at age 58 without having regained office, just weeks

  • Lorenzo De Medici Analysis

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    Some men are just “normal”, not looking for power and wanting to live a normal life. That wasn’t Lorenzo de’ Medici, this was not a man that wanted little from the world, this was the real Don Corleone. He didn’t need to ask, he could just take. He was someone to be feared and even his enemies would not move against him and hope to live and those that did move against them would fail to eliminate him, neither the Pazzi’s or Ferdinand I had the ability to defeat him. He while he was a sort of Stateman

  • Summary Of Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince

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    Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence, Italy on May 3, 1469. Machiavelli was one of the most contentious political philosophers of his time. Machiavelli was employed as a "Florentine secretary" and during that time, Machiavelli started to notice the power that one person had over an entire country. In 1513 Machiavelli wrote his most well-known works “The Prince,” in which Machiavelli voices his political concepts of ruling a country. “The Prince,” explains the political struggles of being ruled

  • Visual Analysis: Renaissance Portraiture

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    Visual Analysis Renaissance Portraiture della Francesca,P. (c.1472-74) Diptych of Federico da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza. This portrait is supposedly a commemorative portrait in commemoration of Battista Sforza the Duke’s second wife ,it was a very privileged thing to have an image of yourself and this portrays the Montefeltro wealth as the ‘Montefeltro family in Urbino was Piero's most generous patron towards the mid 15th century’ . Further the Duke was not an average Duke but also a professional

  • Contributions Of Lorenzo De Renaissance

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    Lorenzo de’ Medici was the most powerful and enthusiastic patron of the Renaissance. He was an italian statesman and a ruler of Florentine Republic. Throughout his lifetime he ruled most of Florence with his younger brother Giuliano from 1469-1478. Lorenzo De’ Medici was born on January 1st,1449 in Florence, Italy. He grew up to be average height and he had short legs. He had dark hair but his brother was described as handsome and outgoing, however Lorenzo was so full of dignity that no one

  • Giovanni Boccaccio: Dante And Petrarch

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    Giovanni Boccaccio was a Italian writer, poet, correspondent of Petrarch, and an important Renaissance Humanist. He wrote numerous notable work, and he was an important figure in the Italian literary traditions, promoting both Dante and Petrarch. Dante; was an important Italian poet, and Petrarch; was a devout classical scholar who was considered “The Father of Humanism”. Giovanni Boccaccio was born in Florence. His father worked for the Compagnia dei Bardi in 1320. His father married a