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Medici (Italian: I Medici) is an Italian-British historical drama created by Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer. Frank Spotnitz also produced the series under his production tag, Big Light Productions, in collaboration with Lux Vide and Rai Fiction. [2]

Medici
Screenshot Medici Masters of Florence Netflix Title Sequence.png
Title card from the first season
Also known as
  • Medici: Masters of Florence (season 1)
  • Medici: The Magnificent (season 2)
GenreHistorical drama, Political thriller
Created by
Starring
Opening themeRenaissance (From "Medici: Masters of Florence")
by Paolo Buonvino & Skin (musician) [1]
Composer(s)
Country of originItaly, United Kingdom
No. of series3

Production designer Francesco Frigeri (season 3) Carmelo Agate (season 3)

Art department: Illia Boccia (season 3)
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Frank Spotnitz
  • Luca Bernabei
  • Matilde Bernabei
  • Richard Madden (season 2)
Producer(s)Fania Petrocchi
Running time52 minutes
Production company(s)Lux Vide
Big Light Productions
Rai Fiction
Release
Original networkRai 1 (Italy)
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
First shown inItaly
Original release18 October 2016 (2016-10-18) –
present
External links
Website

The series premiered in Italy on Rai 1 on 18 October 2016.[3] The series follows the Medici family, bankers of the Pope, during Renaissance Florence. Each season follows the events of a particular moment of the family history exploring the political and artistic landscape of Renaissance Italy.

The first season, titled Medici: Masters of Florence takes place in 1429, the year Giovanni de' Medici, head of the family, died. His son Cosimo de Medici succeeds him as head of the family bank, the richiest bank of Europe at that time, and fights to preserve his power in Florence. The second season, titled Medici: The Magnificent, takes place 20 years later and tells the story of Cosimo's grandson Lorenzo de Medici (known as the Magnificent). A third season has also been filmed, that will complete the story of Lorenzo and it is set to premiere in Italy in November 2019.

Despite being criticised for some historical inaccuracies, the series reached between four and eight million viewers on original airings. According to Italian ratings compiler Auditel, the broadcast of the first episode attracted a record 8.04 million viewers.[4]

The programme is broadcast in several countries, Netflix carries the show in the US, Canada, Argentina on Fox Premium, the UK, Ireland and India.[5] SFR's premium SVOD service Zive in France and Sky 1 in Germany.[6] In Australia, the series was broadcast by SBS.[7] In Portugal, the series was broadcast by RTP1. In Serbia the series was broadcast by RTS2.

Contents

PlotEdit

Season 1Edit

Florence, 1429. Giovanni de' Medici, thanks to an agreement signed with the Papacy twenty years earlier turned his family bank into an unparalleled economic power. When Giovanni is mysteriously murdered, his sons, Cosimo and Lorenzo, are forced to confront enemies who plot against the Medici power and their view for the future of Florence. Rinaldo Albizzi, head of a faction of nobles, is their main opponent. Meanwhile, the mystery sourrounding the death of Giovanni thickens and a new enemy appears on the horizon: the rival banker Pazzi. Cosimo has to decide how much he is willing to do to defend his vision of Florence - a vision known as Renaissance.

Season 2Edit

In 1470, twenty years after the facts of the first season, Piero and Lucrezia are at the head of the family. The power of the Medici has consolidated over time, but an attempt on Piero's life brings to light years of bank mismanagement and his eldest son, Lorenzo, is called to take his father's place earlier than expected. Although he has had a relationship with a married woman, Lucrezia Donati, for some time, Lorenzo will accept the marriage with a Roman noblewoman, Clarice Orsini, but the relationship with her will put him in front of choices. As the new head of the family, he will also have in his hands the destiny of his brother Giuliano and his sister Bianca, while the friendship with Sandro Botticelli will give life to some of the greatest masterpieces of the Renaissance. His dream of a peaceful and culturally alive Florence will be put to the test by the winds of war that will oppose him to the Pope, who will lead to the Pazzi conspiracy.

EpisodesEdit

The third season is set to premiere in Italy on November 12, 2019. [8]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18October 18, 2016 (2016-10-18)November 8, 2016 (2016-11-08)
28October 23, 2018 (2018-10-23)[9]November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13)[9]
38November 12, 2019 (2019-11-12)December 3, 2019 (2019-12-03)

CastEdit

Season 1Edit

Season 2Edit

GuestEdit

Character Actor / Season
Season 1 Season 2
Piero de' Medici Alessandro Sperduti Julian Sands
Lucrezia de' Medici Valentina Bellè Sarah Parish
Contessina de' Medici Annabel Scholey
Marco Bello Guido Caprino
Cosimo de' Medici Richard Madden
Lorenzo de' Medici (The Elder) Stuart Martin
Giovanni de' Medici Dustin Hoffman
Ugo Bencini Ken Bones
Rinaldo degli Albizzi Lex Shrapnel
Andrea Pazzi Daniel Caltagirone
Filippo Brunelleschi Alessandro Preziosi
Ormanno Albizzi Eugenio Franceschini
Maddalena Sarah Felberbaum
Bianca Miriam Leone
Ricciardo Michael Schermi
Emilia Tatjana Inez Nardone
Alessandra Albizzi Valentina Cervi
Bernardo Guadagni Brian Cox
Jacopo de' Pazzi Sean Bean
Lorenzo de' Medici (The Magnificent) Daniel Sharman
Giuliano de' Medici Bradley James
Francesco de' Pazzi Matteo Martari
Clarice Orsini Synnøve Karlsen
Sandro Botticelli Sebastian de Souza
Pope Sixtus IV Raul Bova
Lucrezia Donati Alessandra Mastronardi
Carlo de' Medici Callum Blake
Alessandro de' Bardi David Bradley
Piccarda de' Medici Frances Barber
Messer Calvacanti Luigi Diberti
Donatello Ben Starr
Pope Eugene IV David Bamber
Antipope John XXIII (Cardinal Cossa) Steven Waddington
Corona Alberto Sette

ProductionEdit

Sergio Mimica-Gezzan directed all eight episodes in the first season.[2]

Historical accuracyEdit

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".[11]

LocationsEdit

Several noticeable locations are used throughout the series, in addition to sets and sound stages:

  • Bracciano Castle: The principal courtyards and staircases of the Orsini-Odescalchi castle in Bracciano serve as streets in Florence, a palace in Rome, and the ancestral home of Contessina de' Bardi. The central courtyard in the Castle features a particularly recognisable staircase with the sculpture of a bear; this staircase becomes the principal entrance of the Medici home in Florence with the addition of the Medici Coat of Arms.[12]
  • The Villa Farnese in Caprarola and its gardens: The frescoed and ring-vaulted internal terrace-courtyard of Villa Caprarola doubles as a Medici villa in the series, while an un-frescoed terrace is used as a Vatican property in Rome. The Caprarola secret gardens with their unique fountains are used to represent the Vatican Gardens.[13]

The creators took significant liberties with sets, often showing interior decorations, works of art, and exterior landscapes that were created many years after the events described in the series which occur in the mid-1430s. For example, the Medici Palazzo was built in 1440s–1480s and the Benozzo Gozzoli frescoes of Magi Chapel shown in the Cosimo study were executed in 1459–61. The Lorenzo rooms are decorated with the Giulio Romano fresco "Mars and Venus" which was painted in the 1520s in Palazzo Te in Mantova. During the episode exile in Venice, the church of Santa Maria della Salute built in the 1630s is repeatedly shown as part of the Venice city landscape. Villa Medici contains "Fortitude and Temperance with Six Antique Heroes" by Perugino, painted in 1497.

  • Castle of Santa Severa is Cardinal Baldassarre Cossa's Palace.[14]
  • The medieval oldtown of Viterbo and its Palazzo dei Papi are the set for late medieval Rome.
  • Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli is another set for Rome; Cosimo meets Donatello along the Canopus.
  • Borgo di Rota, a frazione of Tolfa, is the set for Francesco Sforza's army camp and the village where Lorenzo meets mercenary Ferzetti.[15]
  • Pienza: used as the Palazzo Medici, the streets of Florence, and the background for Cosimo's wedding.
  • Montepulciano: Several scenes are filmed outside the Duomo using the unfinished façade of the cathedral as a backdrop. These scenes often incorrectly show the Duomo of Florence rising in the background to the north. The Communal Palace, also in Piazza Grande, is part of several scenes, as is the Church of San Biagio.

Technical detailsEdit

Medici: Masters of Florence was originated in 4k video and broadcast in this format on the free Italian satellite service Tivu whilst on the Italian Digital Terrestrial service DVB-T2 it was broadcast in Full-HD 1920×1080.

Two audio tracks were broadcast: Rai TV gave satellite and terrestrial viewers the option to watch the series in Italian or English.[16]

Home mediaEdit

Season DVD releases
Italy United Kingdom
Medici: Masters of Florence March 22, 2017 (2017-03-22) December 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)
Medici: The Magnificent January 24, 2019 (2019-01-24) -

The second season was also released in Blu-Ray (Region B) on the 24 January 2019. Both Italian editions have the original audio track in English and the Italian-dubbed audio track.

Other mediaEdit

On the 16 October 2018, a novelisation of the events told in the second season titled I Medici - Lorenzo il Magnifico was published in Italy by Michele Gazo.

SoundtrackEdit

The soundtrack for the series was composed by Paolo Buonvino.[17] The opening theme song Renaissance has been produced with the collaboration of Skin. A videoclip for the song has been also published on the day before the series premiered in Italy. [18]

The opening theme song for the second season changed. Skin and Buonvino collaborated for the a variation of the original opening sequence song titled Revolution Bones. This version of the song has not been released. Ian Arber composed additional music for the second season.

ReceptionEdit

AwardsEdit

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2016 Capri TV series Award TV series Medici: Masters of Florence Won
2018 La Chioma di Berenice Best Makeup in Fiction[19] Giancarlo Del Brocco Won
Best Production Design in Fiction[19] Francesco Frigeri Won
Best Costumes in Fiction[19] Alessandro Lai Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Renaissance (From "Medici: Masters of Florence")". iTunes. Apple Inc. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b Friedlander, Whitney; Friedlander, Whitney (24 September 2015). "Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden to Star in TV Drama About Italy's Medici Family". Variety. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  3. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (21 October 2016). "'Medici' With Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden Sets Italy Ratings Record". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Les Médicis, Maîtres de Florence : carton d'audience pour la série de SFR Play". Toutelatele (in French). Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  5. ^ Munn, Patrick (24 November 2016). "Wild Bunch TV Sells Big Light's 'Medici: Masters Of Florence' To Netflix In US, Canada & India". TV Wise. Disqus. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  6. ^ Barraclough, Leo (3 November 2016). "Pay-TV Operator Sky Launches Entertainment Channel Sky 1 in Germany, Austria". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Medici: Masters of Florence premiering on SBS this April". MediaWeek. 4 April 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  8. ^ http://www.raipubblicita.it/download/palinsesti_editoriali_tv/autunno_2019/tvprogram_autunno2019_tutti-i-canali.pdf
  9. ^ a b "Medici: Masters of Florence – Episodes Guide and Summaries". Next Episode. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h Clarke, Stewart (10 August 2017). "Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix's 'Medici' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  11. ^ Show Patrol. 17 November 2015.
  12. ^ "I Medici Masters of Florence tv series location: Castle Bracciano". Gismonda. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Medici Masters of Florence tv series locations: Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola". Gismonda. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Medici Masters of Florence tv series locations: Castle of Santa Severa". Gismonda. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Medici Masters of Florence tv series locations: Castle of Rota". Gismonda. 26 February 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  16. ^ Medicimastersoflorence.com
  17. ^ "Filmografia". Paolo Buonvino. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  18. ^ PaoloBuonvinoVEVO (17 October 2016), Paolo Buonvino & Skin - Renaissance (Music From "Medici Masters of Florence" Tv Series), retrieved 14 July 2019
  19. ^ a b c "http://www.premioberenicecna.it/edizione/20-edizione/" (in Italian). Retrieved 16 July 2019. External link in |title= (help)

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