When historians are asked to pick a point in history when western civilization was transformed and guided down the path to modernity, most of them point to the Renaissance. Indeed, the Renaissance revolutionized art, philosophy, religion, the sciences, and math, with individuals like Galileo, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Dante, and Petrarch bridging the past and modern society. Most historians credit the city-state of Florence as the starting place of the Italian Renaissance, a process carried out through the patronage and commission of artists during the late 12th century. If Florence is receiving its due credit, much of it belongs to the Medici family, a Florentine dynasty that ruled at the height of the Renaissance. The dynasty held such influence that some of its family members even became popes. Of all the fields that were advanced during the Renaissance, the period´s most famous works were works of art, including iconic paintings, like Leonardo´s Mona Lisa, and timeless sculptures, like Michelangelo´s David. It is fitting that both Leonardo and Michelangelo were at times members of Lorenzo de Medici´s court. The famous leader, who also considered himself an artist and poet, became known for securing commissions for the most famous artists of the age, including the aforementioned legends Piero and Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Andrea del Verrocchio, Sandro Botticelli, and Domenico Ghirlandaio. (When Lorenzo de Medici died in April 1492, he was buried in a chapel designed by Michelangelo.) As a result, Florence remains one of Europe´s favorite tourist spots. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D. Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096354/bk_acx0_096354_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If you decide to make your next great getaway to Florence, Italy, you need this book. There is a high probability you may contract Stendhal Syndrome, ´´a condition in which a person becomes lightheaded or dizzy because he or she has seen a lot of beautiful artwork in rapid succession´´. A French author by the name of Stendhal visited Florence in 1817 and became dizzy and faint upon seeing all the incredible works of art throughout the city. The condition is also known as Florence syndrome, and if you are lucky enough to journey to the home of the Renaissance you might catch it, too. Florence is a magical city that attracts millions of visitors from around the globe. To make the most of your visit, listen to this book so you will be prepared to experience everything Florence has to offer. Packed inside this handy guide are tips on what to bring that you may not realize you´ll need, like toilet paper. There is a dress code that should be adhered to when visiting Florence: no flip-flops allowed. Did you know tipping is not allowed in Florence, and handling the fruits and vegetables at the local markets is frowned upon? To live like the locals do, wear the proper attire and be respectful of their customs. You will experience a vacation like no other! Hearing this handy travel guide will make your journey to Florence the trip of a lifetime. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bruno Belmar. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036202/bk_acx0_036202_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Florence Travel Guide!!!Florence is probably the most Fascinating and Romantic city in the world!!Florence is the art capital of the world.Florence is the city that gave the world the Renaissance and artists like Leonardo da Vinci.The story of Florence is one of creativity.There is almost too much brilliant art in Florence.Florence might be a city of historical significance, but is has an amazing restaurant and nightlife scene.Florence is a mix of old and new and you will come back to Florence after one visit!This guide will guide you through Florence and show you the best the city has to offer.If your time is limited, then this short stay travel guide is perfect for you!!Lets take a look inside the Florence Travel Guide The History of Florence When To Visit Florence Neighborhoods in Florence The Best Places To Visit Transportation in Florence Where to Eat in Florence Safety In The City Accommodation around Florence Much, much more!!(Please note that paperback version of this book only has black and white pictures.If you prefer color pictures, then I recommend you buy the Kindle edition of this book.) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Janine Grand. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/099565/bk_acx0_099565_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On this tour of Florence, explore the distinctive Duomo of Florence; see the Gates of Paradise, the innovative bronze doors that ushered in the Renaissance; savor a hot chocolate with whipped cream; go inside Dante´s Church, stroll the square that was once a Roman Forum; stop at a snack-stand selling the Florentine delicacy tripe; wander through Renaissance delights and Medieval alleys; enjoy magical views and timeless landscapes; inspect street-front wine bars, markets, and palaces; see the spot designed for Michelangelo´s David; and end your walk at the Ponte Vecchio, the Old Bridge that´s spanned the Arno River for 700 years. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elyse Weiner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/ijou/000003/sp_ijou_000003_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family´s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter´s abilities. But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra´s parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola´s reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra´s married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art. The Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain´s most innovative writers of literary suspense. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kathe Mazur. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000173/bk_bkot_000173_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family´s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter´s abilities. But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra´s parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola´s reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra´s married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art. The Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain´s most innovative writers of literary suspense. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jenny Sterlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000378/bk_rand_000378_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this landmark study of Italy from the 14th through the early 16th centuries, Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt chronicles the rise of Florence and Venice as powerful city-states, the breakup of the medieval worldview that came with the rediscovery of Greek and Roman culture, and the new emphasis on the role of the individual. All these, Burckhardt explains, went hand in hand with the explorations of science and the more naturalistic depiction of the world in art and literature. Within the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Burckhardt finds the first stirrings of the modern world and, in the Renaissance Italian, the first modern man. His book-length essay includes discussions of all aspects of Italian civilization: art, fashion, literature, and the music of the time, as well as the flourishing of intellectual and spiritual life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geoffrey Howard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001883/bk_blak_001883_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The effects of the Italian Renaissance are still with us today, from the incomparable paintings of Leonardo da Vinci to the immortal writings of Petrarch and Machiavelli. But why was there such an artistic, cultural, and intellectual explosion in Italy at the start of the 14th century? Why did it occur in Italy? And why in certain Italian city-states such as Florence? Professor Bartlett probes these questions and more in 36 dynamic lectures. This is your opportunity to appreciate the results of the Italian Renaissance and gain an understanding of the underlying social, political, and economic forces that made such exceptional art and culture possible. At the heart of Renaissance Italy were the city-states, home to the money, intellect, and talent needed for the growth of Renaissance culture. You´ll look at the Republic of Florence, as well as other city-states that, thanks to geographical and historical circumstances, had much different political and social structures. This course contains a wealth of details that will give you a feel and appreciation for the Italian Renaissance - its contributions to history, the ways it was similar and dissimilar to our times, and how the people of the time, both famous and ordinary, experienced it. You´ll come away surprised by how much of our modern life was made possible by the Renaissance. Our concept of participatory government, our belief in the value of competition, our philosophy of the content and purpose of education, even our notions of love all have roots in the Renaissance period. Its loftiest ideals - the importance of the individual, the value of human dignity and potential, and the promotion of freedom - are ones we embrace as our own. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth R. Bartlett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000168/bk_tcco_000168_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In all of human history there has never been an era as richly endowed with human creativity as the Italian Renaissance. When the economic boom of the Late Middle Ages had allowed a flourishing and wealthy merchant class to emerge, a plethora of artists, sculptors, architects, and thinkers followed in their wake. In an astonishingly short period of time, Italy was transformed mentally, physically, and spiritually. Powerful commercial centers like Florence, Venice, and Milan became independent. Artists like Michaelangelo and Cellini threw off the customs of the past and forged new symbols of Man, while others, like the gentle aristocrat Baldassare Castiglione, were attempting to civilize the behavior of society with gentlemanly manners. From north to south, Italian cities were literally reborn with an energy and enthusiasm that has never repeated itself anywhere. This great historical essay tells you why this extraordinary event occurred and why it finally died out, though its effects lasted hundreds of years. Ironically, all the great pomp and splendor of the Italian Renaissance was accompanied by some of the worst violence and mayhem that Italy has ever experienced. In the midst of splendor unheard of, men murdered, stole, raped, lied, and cuckolded friend and foe. Horrible torture, brutal war, and poisonous political intrigue went hand in hand with the most sumptuous artistic and literary output in European history. Follow this incredible story to understand the Italian Renaissance in ways you never conceived. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlton Griffin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acon/000028/bk_acon_000028_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.