Thursday, February 07, 2008

Florence in the Fifteenth Century

was an exciting, dangerous place to be. We're just preparing for a mid-term that will include the art of this time and place. So this news was very interesting. The allusions to Pico della Mirandola's possible homosexual liaison lend credibility to the idea that Donatello's David may have a sensuality inspired by homosexuality:

Medici philosopher’s mystery death is solved: "

From the Telegraph: Medici philosopher’s mystery death is solved.

After 500 years, one of Renaissance Italy’s most enduring murder mysteries has been solved by forensic scientists.

Ever since Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, a mystical and mercurial philosopher at the court of Lorenzo de’ Medici, suddenly became sick and died in 1494, it has been rumoured that foul play was involved.

Pico’s fame has faded, but he was a celebrated figure at the Medici court.

He gained notoriety when, at the age of 23, [continue]



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