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The City [electronic resource]: Building Reputations

Redcanoe Productions, Inc
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
This program focuses on the fierce competition between the newly wealthy merchant classes in Sienna and Florence throughout the 13th and 14th centuries over the creation of new buildings, services, and ways of governing. Leading art historians interpret this jarring 200-year conflict through detailed analysis of each city-state's stunning cathedrals and exquisite artworks. Their revealing discussions show how city planning, law, regulation, justice, and Christian virtues brought order to this period of rivalry and war prior to the outbreak of the great plague.
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49 min.
10 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Jan. 11, 2006.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Building reputations
First Light: Tuscany and the Dawn of the Renaissance
First light: Tuscany and the dawn of the Renaissance
  • Dawn of the Renaissance: First Light of the Modern Western World (1:25)
  • Florence and Siena: Powerful Rivals (1:11)
  • Pattern of Medieval Cities (3:15)
  • Role of Church and City Cathedrals in the Middle Ages (3:26)
  • Siena Cathedral: Sculptures (4:08)
  • Siena Cathedral: Paintings (2:47)
  • Medieval Narrative Paintings (3:47)
  • Regulating Beauty in City Structures (3:03)
  • Siena's Piazza del Campo (0:55)
  • Siena's Government (4:40)
  • Ambrogio Lorenzetti's Frescos (4:54)
  • Legislating City Life in Siena (2:37)
  • Medieval Democratic Procedures (2:44)
  • Lorenzetti's "The Allegory of Good Government" (2:48)
  • Siena's Water System (4:31)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2006], c2004.
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  • 33545s Films Media Group
  • 33548 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (49 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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