Cosimo (1389-1464) Piero (1416-1469) Lorenzo (1449-1492)
Bankers of the Papacy with offices in Rome, Venice, Avignon, Lyon, Geneva, Cologne, Bruges, London… Patrons of the arts. De facto rulers of the Republic of Florence through their influence. Lorenzo the Magnificent
Palazzo Medici-Riccardi by Michelozzo di Bartolomeo. 1444.
Adoration of the Magi by Sandro Botticelli, 1470. -Meaning for the donors?
The Medici embody the wisdom of the Magi and their kingship. They belong to the Confraternity of the Magi and participate in the procession every January 6 th.
Brunelleschi San Lorenzo Michelangelo Laurentian Library
Donatello’s David Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Primavera
Lorenzo the Magnificent: Laurentian Library: Contains one of the most important collections of manuscripts and papyri in the world. How many? Papyri: 2,500 Manuscripts: 11,000 How important? Plato, Vergil, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Tacitus, Pliny…