Artists Mentioned in Bill Moyer’s The Power of the Past: Florence

Giotto di Bondone (1266-1337)
Belfry of the Duomo (Cathedral) of Florence.  (Giotto is the same artist who painted the frescoes of the life of St. Francis in the Cathedral of San Francesco at Assisi.)

Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446)
The Sacrifice of Isaac, competition panel, in the Bargello Museum (1401)
Church of San Lorenzo (1421)
Cupola on the Duomo (Cathedral) of Florence (1423).
Pazzi Chapel in church of Santa Croce

Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455)
The Sacrifice of Isaac, competition panel, Bargello (1401)
North Doors, Baptistery of Florence (1403-24)
East Doors ("The Gates of Paradise"), Baptistery (1425-52)

Donatello (1386-1466)
Marble David, Bargello (1412-16)
St. George, marble; originally at Orsanmichele, now in the Bargello museum (1416)
Bronze David, Bargello (c. 1430-32)
“Lo Zuccone” (pumpkin head) and Jeremiah (before 1436).
Mary Magdalen (after 1453)
Judith and Holophernes (1446-60)

Masaccio (1401-28)
Saint Peter Healing with His Shadow, Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine (1422-27)
Expulsion of Adam & Eve from Eden, Brancacci Chapel

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
Baccus, Bargello (1496-8)
David, Accademia, Florence (1501-04)
Tombs of Giuliano and Lorenzo, Medici Chapel in San Lorenzo (1519-34)
Duomo Pietà (1547-55)

Try to answer these questions as you look at this documentary:

1. What characterized the Renaissance in Florence?
2. How was the Renaissance different than the Middle Ages?
3. What aspects of the Renaissance still have an impact on the present (not just in Florence, but in our own culture)?  Give specific examples.
4. How do Florentines (natives of Florence) see themselves today?  How do they relate to their past?