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Giorgio Vasari writes a book to define the Renaissance; Galileo pursues his scientific studies with the support of the Medici family.
Giovanni de' Medici becomes Pope Leo X in 1513 and begins to sell indulgences to restore papal funds; Martin Luther protests the selling of indulgences.
Lorenzo de' Medici becomes a driving force of the Renaissance; monk Savonarola promotes fundamentalist purification of Florence after the death of Lorenzo de' Medici.
Wealthy Florentine banker Cosimo de' Medici's search of Europe for relics of antiquity sparks classical learning and inventive thinking.
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- Premiered: February 11, 2004
- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: A two-part chronicle of one Florentine banking family's role in kick-starting the Renaissance in the 15th century by bankrolling such artists as Botticelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo, as well as the architect Brunelleschi and Gallileo. An `Empires' special… (more)