Medici (TV series)
Title card from the first season
|Genre||Historical drama, Political thriller|
|Opening theme||Renaissance (From "Medici: Masters of Florence") |
by Paolo Buonvino & Skin (musician) 
|Country of origin||Italy|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||24 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||52 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Lux Vide|
Big Light Productions
|Original network||Rai 1 (Italy)|
|Picture format||4K (Ultra HD)|
|First shown in||Italy|
|Original release||18 October 2016 –|
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. 
The series premiered in Italy on Rai 1 on 18 October 2016. 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 richest 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 and final season titled again Medici: The Magnificent complete the story of Lorenzo, and premiered in Italy on RAI 1 channel on 2 December 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.
The programme is broadcast in several countries, Netflix carries the show in the US, Canada, Argentina on Fox Premium, the UK, Ireland and India. SFR's premium SVOD service Zive in France and Sky 1 in Germany. In Australia, the series was broadcast by SBS. In Portugal, the series was broadcast by RTP1. In Serbia the series was broadcast by RTS2.
Florence, 1429. Giovanni de' Medici is a rich banker who also represents one of the most important political forces of Florence's Signoria. He has a plan to increase his family power by making an agreement with the Church of Rome. The election of a new Pope is about to take place and Giovanni sends his sons Cosimo and Lorenzo to Rome in order to encourage the election of a Pope close to his family. In Rome, Cosimo, fascinated by the beauty of ancient architectures and art, meets Donatello and one of his models Bianca. Cosimo falls in love with her but is then forced to leave her and marry Contessina de Bardi, a political marriage arranged by Giovanni and Contessina's father. The Medici's candidate gets elected, which ensures to the bank of the Medici an unparalleled economic power. Twenty years later, Giovanni is mysteriously murdered and Cosimo and Lorenzo try to secretly investigate his death. Meanwhile the political situation in the city is troubled by plots against the Medici family's power, and their vision for the future of Florence - which will then lead to the Renaissance - is in danger. Cosimo's dream is to complete the Duomo of Florence, but no architect seems to have a feasible solution due to the shape of the base created for the dome. Finally, Filippo Brunelleschi introduces himself to Cosimo and shows him plans for the dome. Cosimo decides to trust Brunelleschi and the construction of the dome starts, bringing jobs and people to Florence. Meanwhile, the mystery surrounding the death of Giovanni thickens and Rinaldo Albizzi, Cosimo's main opponent in the Signoria, tries to block the construction and to incite the people to rise up against the Medicis.
Twenty years have passed since the events of the first season. Piero, Cosimo's son, and his wife Lucrezia are now at the head of the family. The power of the Medici has consolidated over time, but an assassination attempt on Piero brings to light his mismanagement of the family bank. The Sforza family have the greatest debt towards the bank and manage to make an agreement with Piero to erase their debts. The solution proposed by Sforza would also bring about the invasion of Florence. Lorenzo, Piero's son, in order to avoid the fall of Florence, takes over the role of his father both in the government of the Signoria and as head of the family, avoiding the invasion. Although he has a relationship with a married woman, Lucrezia Donati, Lorenzo eventually accepts marriage with a rich Roman noblewoman, Clarice Orsini. His brother Giuliano and his dear friend Sandro Botticelli, both meet and fall in love with Simonetta, although in different ways. Botticelli's interest is an artistic one and leads to the painting of Venus and Mars in which Simonetta is represented alongside Giuliano. The Pazzi family, led by Jacopo Pazzi and his nephew Francesco, join forces with the Pope in order to increase the Church's control of nearby territories and mines, in opposition to the Medici's policy. This argument will eventually lead to a conspiracy against Lorenzo in an attempt to put an end to his power and his dream of a peaceful and culturally alive Florence.
This season starts immediately after the previous one. Following the breakdown of the Pazzi conspiracy, Lorenzo must still face a military coalition from the Pontifical states and the Kingdom of Naples, led by the ambitious Girolamo Riario. He undertakes a diplomatic journey to Naples and succeeds in negotiating a separate peace.
|Series||Season Title||Episodes||Originally aired|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||Medici: Masters of Florence||8||18 October 2016||8 November 2016|
|2||Medici: The Magnificent||8||23 October 2018||13 November 2018|
|3||TBA||8||2 December 2019||TBA|
- Richard Madden as Cosimo de' Medici: Head of the Medici family after his father's death
- Stuart Martin as Lorenzo de' Medici: Cosimo's younger brother
- Dustin Hoffman as Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici: Cosimo and Lorenzo's father
- Annabel Scholey as Contessina de' Bardi: Cosimo's wife. Scholey also appears in Season 2 as an older Contessina in flashback scenes.
- Guido Caprino as Marco Bello: Cosimo's loyal friend and ally, also appears in Season 2 in flashback scenes.
- Alessandro Sperduti as Piero de' Medici: Cosimo's son
- Brian Cox as Bernardo Guadagni: Officer of the Signoria
- Ken Bones as Ugo Bencini: Administrator of the Medici Bank
- Lex Shrapnel as Rinaldo degli Albizzi: Cosimo's enemy
- Daniel Caltagirone as Andrea Pazzi: A powerful member of the Signoria
- Valentina Bellè (dub. : Aisling Franciosi) as Lucrezia Tornabuoni: Piero's wife
- Alessandro Preziosi as Filippo Brunelleschi
- Eugenio Franceschini (dub. : Alex Wells-King) as Ormanno Albizzi: Rinaldo and Alessandra's son
- Sarah Felberbaum as Maddalena: Cosimo's lover in Venice and Florence
- Miriam Leone as Bianca: Cosimo's lover in Rome
- Michael Schermi (dub. : Callum Cameron) as Ricciardo: A common man of Florence, loyal to Cosimo
- Tatjana Inez Nardone as Emilia: Contessina's maid
- Valentina Cervi as Alessandra Albizzi: Rinaldo's wife
Dustin Hoffman is Giovanni de' Medici
Richard Madden is Cosimo the Elder
Guido Caprino is Marco Bello
Miriam Leone is Bianca
Brian Cox is Bernardo Guadagni
- Daniel Sharman as Lorenzo the Magnificent
- Bradley James as Giuliano de' Medici: Lorenzo's brother
- Sarah Parish as Lucrezia Tornabuoni (older): Lorenzo's mother
- Alessandra Mastronardi as Lucrezia Donati: Lorenzo's lover
- Sean Bean as Jacopo de' Pazzi
- Matteo Martari as Francesco de' Pazzi: Jacopo's nephew
- Synnøve Karlsen as Clarice Orsini: Lorenzo's wife
- Aurora Ruffino as Bianca de' Medici: Lorenzo's sister
- Julian Sands as Piero de' Medici (older): Lorenzo's father
- Sebastian de Souza as Sandro Botticelli: Lorenzo's friend and painter
- Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz as Simonetta Vespucci: Giuliano's lover
- Charlie Vickers as Guglielmo de' Pazzi: Francessco's brother and Bianca's lover
- Raul Bova as Pope Sixtus IV
- Callum Blake as Carlo de' Medici: Lorenzo's uncle who lives in Rome
- Jacob Fortune-Lloyd as Francesco Salviati: Jacopo's ally in Rome
- Michele Balduccci as Guido Cavalcanti: Lorenzo's friend
- Jack Bannon as Angelo Poliziano: Lorenzo's friend
- Alan Cappelli Goetz as Roberto Cavalcanti: Lorenzo's friend
- Filippo Nigro as Luca Soderini: Lorenzo's ally
- Alessio Vassallo as Marco Vespucci: Simonetta's husband
- Pietro Ragusa as Nicolò Ardinghelli: Lucrezia Donati's husband
- Francesca Del Fa as Novella Foscari: Francessco's wife
- Maurizio Lombardi as Andrea Foscari: Novella's father
- Jacopo Olmo Antinori as Bastiano Soderini: Luca's son
- Rose Williams as Caterina Riario, Sforza's daughter
- Miriam Dalmazio as Bona of Savoy: Sforza's wife
- Tam Mutu as Galeazzo Sforza: Duke of Milan
Daniel Sharman is Lorenzo de Medici
Bradley James is Giuliano de Medici
Sean Bean is Jacopo Pazzi
Alessandra Mastronardi is Lucrezia Donati
Sebastian de Souza is Sandro Botticelli
Raoul Bova is Pope Sixtus IV
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan directed all eight episodes in the first season. The show’s world premiere took place in Florence at Palazzo Vecchio on the 14 October 2016, ahead of its premiere airing on RAI 1 on October 18.
Filming for the second season started in Rome on 24 August 2017.
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".
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
|Medici: Masters of Florence||March 22, 2017||December 11, 2017|
|Medici: The Magnificent||January 24, 2019||-|
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.
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.
The soundtrack for the series was composed by Paolo Buonvino. 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. 
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.
|2016||Capri TV series Award||TV series||Medici: Masters of Florence||Won|
|2018||La Chioma di Berenice||Best Makeup in Fiction||Giancarlo Del Brocco (for Medici: Masters of Florence)||Won|
|Best Production Design in Fiction||Francesco Frigeri (for Medici: Masters of Florence)||Won|
|Best Costumes in Fiction||Alessandro Lai (for Medici: Masters of Florence)||Nominated|
|Best Soundtrack||Paolo Buonvino (for Medici: Masters of Florence)||Nominated|
|Best Hairstyling||Francesco Pegoretti (for Medici: Masters of Florence)||Nominated|
|2019||MUSIC+SOUND Awards||Best Original Composition in Television Programme Titles||Medici: The Magnificent||Nominated|
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