The Medici family, also known as the House of Medici, first attained wealth and political power in Florence in the 13th century through banking and commerce. They became one of the wealthiest families in Italy, but it wasn't until the 15th century that the Medici’s began turning their wealth into political capital, making themselves the unofficial, yet undisputed, rulers of Florence from 1434 to 1737. The family’s support of the arts and sciences made Florence the cradle of the Renaissance. Presented by Toni McKeen.
The Medici Chapels form part of a monumental complex developed over almost two centuries in close connection with the adjoining church of San Lorenzo, considered the parish church of the Medici family. This lecture will discuss the history of the church and adjoining chapels, and the architectural and artistic works by Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, Donatello, and others, who made these buildings so beautiful.