THE MEDICI DINASTY: The Far Reaching Effects of the Medici on Florence
02/04/2017 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET
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 wealth and patronage of the Medici family influenced and embraced not only Florence but much of Italy and beyond. It made possible an outburst of artistic and intellectual innovations that had consequences throughout Europe. This lecture will focus in particular on the Uffizi, the Bargello, the Pitti Palace, and San Marco.