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Girolamo Savonarola (September 1452 – 23 May 1498) was an Italian Dominican friar and preacher active Renaissance Florence whose prophetic and apocalyptic visions led to the mass incineration of secular art in the "Bonfire of the Vanities," and the overthrow of the ruling Medici family. After defying the Vatican, he himself was burned at the stake, and the Medicis returned to power in 1512.