Medici Masters of Florence, the new TV show
Medici Masters of Florence is the new political family TV drama set in the Florence of the early 15th century, telling about the rise to the power of the Medici family. Love, politics, conspiracy, power games, intrigue, and much more, animate this TV series, created with a special attention to every detail.
Medici Masters of Florence is not only a historical TV show, including some fictional events, but is also a testament of the birth of bourgeoisie.
The main character is Cosimo de’Medici, which was elected magistrate of Florence on 1434, and established the signoria of Medici. The tv show has been filmed in Florence, inside the Palazzo Vecchio and also into the Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore.
The new series is created by Frank Spotnitz, (author of X-Files and The Man in The High Castle) and Nicholas Meyer (screenwriter of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, and director of films as Time After Time, and two of the Star Trek feature film series). The historical drama was made in the English language because of the international sales potential, and it shows an excellent international cast including Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman.
The filming lasted 18 weeks especially between Rome and Florence where producers had the opportunity to shoot in historical sites as Palazzo Vecchio, Bargello Palace, the church of San Lorenzo, and inside the Duomo. Other shots were made in Pienza, Montepulciano, Pistoia, Bagno Vignoni, San Quirico d’Orcia and the UNESCO site of Val d’Orcia.
Dustin Hoffman as Giovanni de Medici
Richard Madden as Cosimo de Medici
Stuart Martin as Lorenzo de Medici
The story of Medici Masters of Florence
In Florence on 1429, Giovanni de Medici transforms his family bank into an extraordinary economic power, thanks to a contract signed with the Papacy twenty years before.
The mysterious murder of Giovanni de Medici forces his sons Cosimo and Lorenzo, to deal with several enemies that plot to dethrone the Medici family from the chair of the power. Their first enemy is Rinaldo Albizzi, who leads the group of the nobles that are against the rise of the middle class encouraged by the Medici. But this is not the only reason. Cosimo has a different vision for the development of the city of Florence.In fact, he supports the construction of magnificent works of architecture and art, made by the Masters of Renaissance such as Donatello and Brunelleschi.
Even within the Medici family keep the peace can be very arduous. Cosimo and Lorenzo have a really different temperament. Cosimo, marrying the Contessina de Bardi, signs a political agreement that evolves into an impressive partnership. Due to his increasing importance, Cosimo is exiled in Venice. Is in Venice that Cosimo meet Maddalena that, from a beautiful slave, will become his mistress and mother of his illegitimate son.
Moreover, who killed Giovanni?
The mystery continues, and a new arch-enemy emerges in the person of the rival banker Pazzi. A life made of intrigues, the demanding guilt for the compromises made, and the evil done for the good of the family, weigh heavily on Cosimo awareness. He will have to decide what to do to defend his vision of Florence, a vision that today we call Renaissance.
Sarah Felberbaum (second from left) as Maddalena
Renaissance, the soundtrack of Medici Master of Florence, composed by Paolo Buonvino, and played by Skin.
The cast of Medici Masters of Florence
The Medici Masters of Florence cast is very international. Overall, stand out the name of an Oscar winner like Dustin Hoffman playing the character of Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici, the head of the powerful family. Richard Madden, well known for his role of Robb Stark on Game of Thrones, performs as Cosimo de’ Medici, the son of Giovanni. The beautiful Londoner Sarah Felberbaum is Maddalena, the lover of Cosimo, Annabel Scholey is the Countess de’Bardi, wife of Cosimo and mother of Piero, and Stuart Martin as Lorenzo il Vecchio, the younger brother of Cosimo.
The cast has many Italians actors too. Alessandro Sperduti plays the role of Piero il Gottoso, son of Cosimo. Valentina Bellè is Lucrezia Tornabuoni, the wife of Piero and mother of the future Lorenzo de’Medici (aka Lorenzo the Magnificient). Marco Bello, played by Guido Caprino, is the loyal servant of Cosimo, and Frances Barber is Piccarda Bueri, Giovanni’s wife and mother of Cosimo. Daniel Caltagirone plays the role of Andrea de Pazzi, the enemy number one of Cosimo, supported by Rinaldo degli Albizzi, also a former friend of Cosimo, played by Lex Shrapnel.
Medici Masters of Florence has been aired for the first time in Italy the 18th October 2016, broadcasted by RAI TV. For anyone who missed it, it is possible to watch the series in the original language and if you miss the premiere (or you live abroad) you can watch the rerun in streaming on the RAI website from the day after.
The first series have already been sold in New Zealand, USA, Australia, France, Israel, India, and Japan. From 9th December the eight episodes are available on Netflix US, England, India and Canada.
The 20th October the production officially announced that a second series will come. The first season has just finished that we can’t wait for the second.
Enjoy the series and the history of the Medici.