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Text: Historical Figures of Italy
Selected Historical Figures of Italy including Columbus, Medici, Popes
From collections of the Museum of Ventura County, and the artist.

Italian History: the Good, Bad and Beautiful

The engine of Western culture was most dynamic on the Italian peninsula. The entire European world was built around Rome, from its laws, art, and language and later to its promulgation of an ancient spiritual message. The dissemination of the history of Italy and its cultural heritage was sometimes bloody, as depicted here by the Roman Legionary and Roman Centurion. The Renaissance featured personalities like Lorenzo de Medici, Lucrezia Borgia and her brutal brother Cesare Borgia. At other times Rome was imbued with an unparalleled warmth and good will, as in the Florence of Ludovico Sforza. The Church of Rome produced a cadre of political and religious activists, mostly for good. In our group of Historical Figures we currently find Pope Leo X and Pope Alexander VI along with lesser, but influential clergy like Girolamo Savanarola and St. Francis Borgia.

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Thumbnail color image of Roman Centurion aka. centurio, by George Stuart.
Roman Centurion

Thumbnail color image of Roman Legionary  aka. Marius' Mule, by George Stuart.
Roman Legionary

Thumbnail color image of Livia Drusilla Augusta aka. Julia Augusta, by George Stuart.
Livia Drusilla Augusta

Thumbnail color image of Emperor Nero aka. Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, by George Stuart.
Emperor Nero

Thumbnail color image of Julius Caesar aka.
Julius Caesar

Thumbnail color image of Poppaea Sabina aka. Poppaea Sabina the Younger, by George Stuart.
Poppaea Sabina

Thumbnail color image of Lorenzo de Medici aka. Lorenzo the Magnificent, by George Stuart.
Lorenzo de Medici

Thumbnail color image of Ludovico Sforza aka. Ludovico il Moro, by George Stuart.
Ludovico Sforza

Thumbnail color image of Columbus aka. Cristóbal Colón, by George Stuart.
Columbus

Thumbnail color image of Girolamo Savonarola aka. Girolamo Maria Francesco Matteo Savonarola, by George Stuart.
Girolamo Savonarola

Thumbnail color image of Pope Alexander VI 1496 aka. Rodrigo Borgia, by George Stuart.
Pope Alexander VI 1496

Thumbnail color image of Juan Borgia aka. Duke of Gandía, by George Stuart.
Juan Borgia

Thumbnail color image of Cesare Borgia aka. Duke of Valentinois, by George Stuart.
Cesare Borgia

Thumbnail color image of Lucrezia Borgia aka. Duchess of Ferrara, by George Stuart.
Lucrezia Borgia

Thumbnail color image of Pope Leo X aka. Giovanni di Lorenzo de' Medici, by George Stuart.
Pope Leo X

Thumbnail color image of Father Eusebio Kino aka. Eusebio Francesco Kino, by George Stuart.
Father Eusebio Kino

Thumbnail color image of Niccolò Machiavelli, by George Stuart.
Niccolò Machiavelli








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