Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

  • 2004
  • 1 Season
  • TV-PG

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 from the British producers of `Egypt's Golden Empires' and `The Spartans.'

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Power Vs. Truth Season 1, Episode 4 Feb 18, 2004 Free

Giorgio Vasari writes a book to define the Renaissance; Galileo pursues his scientific studies with the support of the Medici family.

The Medici Pope Season 1, Episode 3 Feb 18, 2004 Free

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.

The Magnificent Medici Season 1, Episode 2 Feb 11, 2004 Free

Lorenzo de' Medici becomes a driving force of the Renaissance; monk Savonarola promotes fundamentalist purification of Florence after the death of Lorenzo de' Medici.

Birth of a Dynasty Season 1, Episode 1 Feb 11, 2004 Free

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)

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