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February 7, 1497 – The bonfire of the vanities occurs in which supporters of the monk Girolamo Savonarola burn thousands of objects like cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy.


MORETTO da Brescia (b. ca. 1498, Brescia, d. 1554, Brescia) Portrait of a Dominican, Presumed to be Girolamo Savonarola 1524 Oil on canvas, 74 x 66 cm Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona Although this picture was painted well after the execution of the charismatic theologian Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498), comparison with documented portraits gives credence to this traditional identification. Savonarola was revered throughout northern Italy at this period, and especially in Milan and Brescia…


EL HEREJE. - El 7 de febrero de 1497 Girolamo Savonarola encendio su Hoguera de las Vanidades. El estricto religioso dominico escenificaba asi su ruptura con los metodos corruptos de la familia Medici y su deseo de reestablecer el orden religioso a base de sangre y fuego. La muerte de Picco della Mirandola se llevo con el su sueno de unificar las religiones monoteistas, un peligro...


Girolamo Savonarola aka. Girolamo Maria Francesco Matteo Savonarola - This Italian Dominican friar was determined to rid Florence of its corruption. He was so successful that he brought down the powerful Medici family’s reign. The Florentines finally tired of Savonarola’s government of “purity” and turned against him. He was tried for heresy and burned at the stake.


Dominican monk Girolamo Savonarola (1452-98) of the San Marcos monastery in Florence, Italy. Swept along by the spirit of the Italian Renaissance, Savonarola spoke out against the corruption in both Church and State. In 1497 the pope excommunicated him. The following year, he was arrested, tortured, and hanged. His body was burned and the ashes thrown into the river Arno.


Painting of the Palazzo della Signoria and its piazza 1498.

1493- Florence's most charismatic preacher, Girolamo Savonarola, begins to prophesy a northern invader that will sweep Italy's corrupt aristocrats from their thrones & allow a rebirth of a purified Church. When the king of France invades Italy the next year (to aid the Pope against the king of Naples) Savonarola claims his prophecy is come true & incites the Florentines to rise up & throw off the wealthy Medici dynasty. Piero de' Medici flees, as does his court painter Michelangelo…


It is Thou, O Lord, Who art my Brother, my Spouse, my Father, and the God of eternal love; it is Thee whom I call upon at all times - Girolamo Savonarola

13 May 1497 - Pope Alexander VI excommunicates Girolamo Savonarola


Girolamo Savonarola was put into charge of Athens, Greece after Medici was overthrown in 1914. He also was the one that set up the Democratic republic. He was a major influence on Athens.