Saturday, July 19, 2008
62. "The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall" - Christopher Hibbert
An incredibly descriptive non-fiction account of the (obviously) rise and fall of the Medici family in Italy is a superb introduction to the history and arts created by one man's greed. With hands in the pockets of religious leaders and government officials, the Medici family built a name based on banking, but soon solidified its place with its attention to the arts. The paintings, grottoes, and architecture of Florence still bear the name of Medici.
My darling friend, Becky, visited Italy during a whirlwind Europe tour, and her tales only intensified my desire to spend a month or two in Florence, with a few side trips. When she and I make our millions off our books, I'm sure I can convince her to make a return trip.
Until then, the photos and beautiful prose - luscious descriptions of the marketplaces, houses, meals... Hibbert is wonderfully dimensional - will satisfy my Italian dreams.
4.0 out of 5.0 Italian Valium.