The Pazzi family in Florence launched their unsuccessful plot to overthrow the Medici family with an assassination attempt against the brothers Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici.
Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola led the burning of thousands of objects in the Bonfire of the Vanities.
Michelangelo’s David is considered to be one of the greatest examples of Renaissance sculpture.
The belief was that God would intervene to protect Savonarola from the flames, but he and his opponents squabbled for so long that a rainstorm eventually led to the cancellation of the event.
On the 7th April 1498, a group of Franciscan monks met their Dominican rivals in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence to take part in the first trial by fire in 400 years.