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24/11/2014EXMOOR DFAS Special Interest Day "Bankrolling the Renaissance" - A History of the Medici Family
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EXMOOR DFAS Special Interest Day
"Bankrolling the Renaissance" - A History of the Medici Family

Douglas Skeggs
24/11/2014 The Medici were in many ways an unattractive family. Ruthless in pursuit of profit for their Florentine bank, which had branches in every city of the known world, they were greedy for success, merciless to those who opposed their ambition and vicious in their own internal squabbles. And yet without them we wouldn’t have Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus”, the Fra Angelico frescoes in San Marco, Donatello’s “David” or the majestic Michelangelo sculptures in the Medici chapel. The Platonic Academy wouldn’t have been founded and the doors for the Baptistry would never have been cast. This Study Day, composed of three lectures, looks into the turbulent history of this extraordinary family. 1: God’s Bankers
Under the guidance of Cosimo Medici, the family became the unofficial rulers of Florence and leading patrons of the arts. This inevitably aroused fierce jealousies, which boiled over in the attempted assassination of Cosimo’s grandson Lorenzo.
2: Popes and Patrons.
With Florence gripped by the apocalyptic preaching of Savonarola, the Medici were exiled from Florence. But they re-emerged triumphantly as Popes in Rome. Here their decadent and eccentric rule led to the Sack of Rome and ultimately opened the door to Luther’s Reformation of the Church.
3: From Riches to Royalty.
Although the Medici were a spent force in Italy, an ingenious marriage had put Catherine de Medici on the throne of France, to be followed, shortly afterwards, by Marie de Medici. This last talk looks at the impact these two formidable queens had on the shape of French history.
Douglas Skeggs read Fine Art at Magdalene College Cambridge and has been a lecturer on paintings since 1980. He was the director of 'The New Academy of Art Studies' for three years and is presently a regular lecturer at 'The Study Center', 'Christie's' course 'The History of Art Studies' and other London courses. He has written and presented various TV documentaries, notably the Omnibus programme on 'Whistler' and the exhibition video on 'William Morris.' He is also a painter and author, his book on Monet ‘River of Light’ selling 30,000 copies.
The programme for the day (to be held at Brushford Village Hall) will follow the usual format as below:
From 10.15 am Coffee served
Cost £25
10.45 – 11.45 Lecture 1
12.00 – 1.00 Lecture 2
1.00 – 2.00 Time for picnic lunch
2.00 – 3.15 ish Lecture 3 and questions

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