[Surfnetkids: 08 Jun 2011] The Medici

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#1. June 8, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

This week I learned a new word; more accurately it is a new definition for an old word. The word is “word.” Did you know that it means “yes” or “seriously”?

Twice this week I saw it on Facebook. First from my 19-year old daughter, and then again from a thirty-something mommy blogger. Do social networking sites, such as Facebook, accelerate the velocity of new words? Apparently this one has it’s roots in rap culture. For a link to a definition, see this post and the comment stream on the Surfnetkids Facebook fan page:


See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. The Medici

by Barbara J. Feldman

The Medici Printable (** for premium members only)

The House of Medici was a powerful family dynasty in Florence during the fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. They made their money in banking, and although they were not monarchs, they held great political power. Their greatest legacy was their support of art and architecture during the Renaissance. As patrons they supported many important artists, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello, Brunelleschi and Botticelli.

Florence Art Guide: The Medici Genealogical Tree
With the Medici dynasty spanning hundreds of years, the easiest way to understand its genealogy is with a family tree. Florence Art Guide provides us exactly that, along with clickable links to articles about the family’s most famous progeny, such as Cosimo I (1519-1574). These articles also contain links to articles about related people (such as Giorgio Vasari, artist and architect) and places ( the Uffizi, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Pitti Palace.)

PBS: Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance
My pick of the week is this PBS site, built as a companion to the 2004 four-part television special. Best clicks include the interactive tour of Florence (click on Florence Scape), the interactive family tree (look in the Medici section), the Medici Quiz (also in the Medici section), and the interactive timeline (in Turning Points.) Also visit for biographies of many of the most important Renaissance artists, including Botticelli, Donatello, Ghiberti, Michelangelo and Leonardo.

The Medici Archive Project
The Medici Archive Project is analyzing over three-million letters and documents from the famous family. Their “goal is to animate the actual words of the Medici Grandukes to tell the untold stories of power and intrigue from the most influential family dynasty in Western Civilization.” Best reads for casual visitors (like us) are the Highlights listed on the front page, such as Women Artists and Women Patrons of the Arts, which translates snippets of a handful of letters describing women as both commissioned artists and art patrons. Fascinating!

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#6. Quote of the Week

“I am still learning.” ~~ Michelangelo ~~ (March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564) Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, engineer. Click here for more art quotes.

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