The Agony and the Ecstasy is probably the most well-known movie about the Renaissance.  It is the biographical story of Michelangelo’s troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II based on an Irving Stone book.  Generally, this movie gets good reviews. It was nominated for five Oscars.  Watch it and let us know what you think. I would watch it on a large screen since it is a 1960s CinemaScope.  

“This film is an unprecedented look at arguably the world’s most celebrated artist. Many feature films have showcased the genius of Leonardo but none have ever examined in such detail the most crucial element of all: his art. Leonardo’s peerless paintings are at the core of this film, offering unparalleled access for the first time. Amidst this collection of masterpieces, marvel at The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine, Ginevra de’ Benci, Madonna Litta, Virgin of the Rocks, and what is widely considered the most famous artwork of all time – The Mona Lisa.”  

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Empires: The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance tells the story of a violent, dramatic and compelling age; a critical turning point in Western history. Travel back in time to see the real human stories behind the European Renaissance, and the family that bankrolled it.

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