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This 50 minute paginated video is in three main parts which discuss the way different political regimes require different uses for the city and its buildings. First: "Republican Florence' in t...he 15th century looks at Civic Humanism and Patrician Power. It examines the way Florence was governed and how the use of Republican imagery reinforced the civic status as well as looking at the private palaces of the patrician families that made up the government. This is compared to part two: 'Autocratic Milan' which the Visconti and then the Sforza Dukes ruled autocratically, based on their chivalric status and allegiance to the emperor. It looks at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan and the Castello Visconteo in Pavia as well as the Certosa in Pavia, built as a family mausoleum. Part three is 'Ducal Florence' in the 16th century, when the government was overthorwn and the Medici took over as autocratic ducal rulers. It examines the changes they made to republican institutions in Florence and how they adopted a system of chivalric splendour in contrast to their republican forbears.
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Module code and title: AA305, The Renaissance in Europe: a cultural enquiry
Item code: AA305; VC02
Recording date: 1998-02
Published: 1999
Rights Statement: Rights owned or controlled by The Open University
Restrictions on use: This material can be used in accordance with The Open University conditions of use. A link to the conditions can be found at the bottom of all OUDA web pages.
Duration: 00:49:53
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Producer: Charles Cooper
Narrator: Kate Moon
Contributor: Lucille Kekewich
Publisher: Open University
Keyword(s): Florence 15th Century Civic HUmanism Patrician Power government Repulican imagery palaces Milan Visconti Sforza Dukes Castello Sforzesco Castello Visconteo Pavia Certosa mausoleum Ducal Florence 16th Century Medici chivalric splendour
Subject terms: Republicanism--Italy--Florence--History--16th century; Political participation--Italy--Florence--History--16th century; Humanism--Italy--Florence--History--16th century; Palaces--Italy--Florence; Florence (Italy)--Politics and government--1421-1737; Florence (Italy)--Buildings, structures, etc
Production number: FOUA557E
Videofinder number: 5860
Available to public: no