Amongst The Medici

Bettany Hughes begins a series set amidst the blood and the beauty of Renaissance Florence.

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01/03/200620140903 (BBC7)
20140904 (BBC7)

Was the Renaissance really a renaissance? Was Donatello's David just political posturing?

Classicist Bettany Hughes continues the series about Renaissance Florence.

2/3. Could it be that the Renaissance as we know it was not a renaissance at all? Could Donatello's David really be a political statement for the Medici? And what is the connection with Liverpool?

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The Medici are synonymous with the Renaissance, but why did these bankers act as patrons to artists like Michelangelo and Donatello - was it a love of art or something more sinister?

0122/02/200620140902 (BBC7)
20140903 (BBC7)

Synonymous with the Renaissance, why did the Medici family bank act as patron to artists?

Classicist Bettany Hughes begins a new series about Renaissance Florence.

1/3. The Medici are a name synonymous with the Renaissance, but why did these bankers act as patrons to artists such as Michelangelo and Donatello?

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Could it be that the Renaissance as we know it wasn't a renaissance at all? Could Donatello's David really be a political statement for the Medici, and what has Liverpool got to do with it? Bettany finds that the Renaissance is more than it's cracked up to be.

2/3. Bettany Hughes continues her series set amid the blood and the beauty of Renaissance Florence.

0308/03/20062006030820140904 (BBC7)
20140905 (BBC7)

How smart women, gay men and false gods laid the cornerstones of Western civilisation.

Classicist Bettany Hughes concludes the series about Renaissance Florence. 3: She finds that, contrary to popular belief, it was smart women, gay men and false gods who made the cornerstones of western civilisation.

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Contrary to popular belief, smart women, gay men and false gods made the cornerstones of western civilisation.