Thursday, February 09, 2017

Medici: Masters of Florence is a TV drama series about the Medici dynasty starring Dustin Hoffman as Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici, Richard Madden as Cosimo de’ Medici, and Stuart Martin as Lorenzo de’ Medici (The Elder).

The series is set in the 15th century Florence, the protagonist is Cosimo the Elder, who was elected head of the Florentine Republic in 1434. Cosimo has inherited the Bank of Medici from his father Giovanni, who has been mysteriously poisoned. Through various flashbacks (20 years prior), we are introduced to a Florence at the time of Giovanni and his relationship with his sons, Cosimo and Lorenzo.

Cosimo di Giovanni de’ Medici, called “the Elder”. Portrait by Jacopo Pontormo; the laurel branch (il Broncone) was a symbol used also by his heirs.

Richard Madden as Cosimo de’ Medici, Head of the Medici family after his father’s death.

A posthumous portrait of Contessina de’ Bardi, Cosimo’s wife, attributed to Cristofano dell’Altissimo, 16th century.

Annabel Scholey as Contessina de’ Bardi, Cosimo’s wife.

The series was co-created by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files and Man in the High Castle) and Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan). Episodes 1 and 2 aired on Rai 1 (Italian TV) on October 18, 2016. According to Italian ratings compiler Auditel, it attracted a record 7.6 million viewers. The first season consists of 8 episodes. The show has been renewed for a second season, and is broadcast in several countries around the world.

Masters of Florence: Dustin Hoffman as Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici and Richard Madden (seated) as Cosimo de’ Medici.

During an interview at the Roma Fest panel in 2015, Spotnitz stated, “the season will be more thriller than historical saga ... we begin the show with a “what if” because we don’t know how Giovanni de’ Medici died. One of the questions that haunts Cosimo, is whether his father was murdered.” Source.

Watch Medici: Masters of Florence online.

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