Baron Ferdinand Rothschild collected nearly 300 beautiful medieval and Renaissance objects. See them in exquisite detail and hear from experts and artists including Grayson Perry and Edmund de Waal in this video. *Copyright the British Museum
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci 15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian Renaissance polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank, he epitomised the Renaissance humanist ideal.
The Medici family, also known as the House of Medici, first attained wealth and political power in Florence in the 13th century through its success in commerce and banking. Beginning in 1434 with the rise to power of Cosimo de’ Medici (or Cosimo the Elder), the family’s support of the arts and humanities made Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance, a cultural flowering rivaled only by that of ancient Greece. The Medici – Godfathers of the Renaissance 1 of 4 *Copyright PBS Empires
Check out the craziest facts about the middle ages! This top 10 list of amazing facts about medieval times has some awesome history you won’t believe existed! *Copyright Origins Explained