The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

Mr. Leverett's World History

The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance is a series of 4 episodes from the PBS series Empires. It tells the story in dramatic form of the Medici family and their rule of Florence as well as their support and promotion of Renaissance artists, musicians and intellectuals. The entire series is found on You Tube and can be watched online. The first episode can be seen below and each episode will follow.

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Timeline 6 -Italian Renaissance


Last stop was “Ancient Roman Art“.


  • 1521

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio was a Roman writer, architect and engineer, active in the 1st century BC.
Vitruvius is most famous for asserting in his book De architectura (rediscovered 1414) that a structure must exhibit the three qualities of firmitas, utilitas, venustas (durable, useful, and beautiful).
When perfecting this art of building, the ancient Greeks invented the architectural orders: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. It gave them a sense of scale and proportion derived from the human body.
This led Vitruvius to define his Vitruvian Man, drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, as the human body inscribed in the circle and the square (the fundamental geometric patterns of the cosmic order).


  • 1498

The Last Supper is a tempera on plaster, also by Leonardo da Vinci.
“This ideal developed in Renaissance Italy from the notion expressed by Leon Battista Alberti that “a man can…

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DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. releases “Joe’s Life Tale,” by Professor Roberto Ivaldi of Roma

Joe’s Life Tale,” by Roberto Ivaldi – Rome, Italy
PRLogDec. 23, 2014ORLANDO, Fla.Ms. Quesinerry states, “As an expert in colonial history and medieval Rome, Professor Ivaldi’s work is truly remarkable. ‘Joe’s Life Tale,’ weaves a rich tale of the life of an ordinary craftsman who arrives in Northern Italy from Piedmont. Joe climbs XVIIth century society social structure and progresses from a Genoese black silk producer to the important production of arrases. This story, deeply entrenched in the history of Roma, transcends love, fate, the eruption of Vesuvio and the great plague of Naples in 1656 while revealing a soulful suite of characters. Professor Ivaldi ‘delivers what readers love in historical fiction’ in, ‘Joe’s Life Tale.'”

Roberto Ivaldi states, “I wrote ‘Joe’s Life Tale’ because my original family in Piedmont features some similarities to the narrative. I enjoy writing more than speaking and Joe is in some way, a natural form for me to share life’s stories. He serves as a simile of myself. There is an Italian edition of, ‘Joe’s Life Tale’ and it has had good reception so I wanted to share this with English readers too.

“‘Joe’s Life Tale,’ is also a big part of the Italian story for the period shared; surely this is an era of European history that readers love. With my own Italian origin, a love of national history is depicted. The title is intended to provide readers emotion and curiosity concerning this story as a series. The second and third title translations are underway. It the next title of the series, ‘Joe’s Son’s Life Tale’ takes place in South America and the South Seas during a period where nobody knew the Australian existence.”

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