Medici Dynasty Show in Florence, Italy

Medici Dynasty Show & Me

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Millions of tourists visit the Renaissance city each year to marvel at the wonders of Florence. Art lovers rejoice at the remarkable sculptures, paintings, and architecture, which Florence has in amazing abundance. What most people don't realize is that several of these masterpieces would not exist today were it not for the Medici family.

The Medici ruled Florence for about 300 years and were generous patrons of art. Thanks to them, many artists such as Brunelleschi, Verrochio, Donatello, Botticelli, and Michelangelo (to mention just a few) thrived and eventually became famous. As someone who is extremely passionate about Medici history, I was thrilled to learn about the Medici Dynasty Show in Florence and finally had the chance to see it.

Theater meets documentary in this informative and engaging production, which includes stimulating video and classical music. Well-trained actors in period garb recount the history of the Medici in a manner that intrigues and captivates the audience.

Their website describes the production perfectly: "...a multimedia masterpiece of 'infotainment,' that combines digital reproductions of the family’s extraordinary and invaluable artistic patrimony with live theatrical performances. The Show honors the memory of this legendary family and its artistic, scientific, cultural, and spiritual contributions both to the society of its time, and to society today, as it has served as a source of inspiration across the world."

The scene opens with the debauched and decrepit Gian Gastone de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. He is old and dying- and what's worse- there is no Medici heir to take his place. His sister, Ana Maria Luisa de' Medici eventually joins him. A childless widow clad in black, Ana Maria frets over the family's artistic patrimony. What will happen when she and her brother die? How will they protect the precious art that has been in their family for so many generations? Together, they find a solution to this problem as they "reminisce" about the past and bicker affectionately (as siblings often do).

I found the show brilliant. Not too long, not too short- plenty of information but not too serious. As someone who worked many years in the field of art history tourism, presenting historical facts in a manner that is entertaining, exciting, AND informative is no easy task. The Medici Dynasty Show delivers all three successfully. This is not surprising since there is a highly accomplished and international group of people working behind the scenes. The original concept was created by Gherardo Vitali Rosati and Giuseppe Arone. For more information please visit: www.medicidynasty.com

NOTE: The Medici Dynasty Show is presented entirely in English.

As always, thank you for reading!

C. De Melo
Author & Artist
www.cdemelo.com

The Show's Historic Venue Across from Basilica di San Lorenzo

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