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I absolutely loved this course and I do think that my favorite was part 4 because I appreciated the special focus on the women. Dr. Becucci used the women to also explain many of the cultural influences and restrictions on women during this time. As a student of women's studies, I so appreciated this attention.
Dr. Alessandra Becucci is literally a fountain of knowledge about all things Florence. I have so enjoyed this series on the Medici family. Having visited Florence this detail on the Medici family and the history behind the churches, the palaces, the gardens, all the art we saw when we were there took me right back to our wonderful trip. This last part (4 of 4) in the series is dedicated to the women of the Medici family. I really like that Dr. Becucci broke out the women and told their story in one part as opposed to a "minor mention" in the history of the men. Women's history is often never told or only in the shadows of the men. Breaking it out and really focusing on them in this final part in the series was a really nice way to bring them to the forefront in our learning.
This was an excellent series of seminars. I enjoyed every one of them. I only wish there had been a couple more, as there just was not enough time to cover the full Medici history! We really couldn't delve deeply into historic figures like Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany,,,his children, etc. It was especially interesting to discuss the women of the Medici family - who were fascinating on their own. I would love to further explore this family - perhaps the artists the Medici favored, for example. I learned a great deal during the series and now am motivated to do even more research on my own.Thanks Alessandra for your excellent work in preparing for this series. :)
I honestly don't know how Dr. Becucci managed to get through all the material she had for this session in the time she did. And it didn't feel rushed or strained...she's just that good. Wow.