Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Courtyard of the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence

The Medici family of Florence was powerful from the 1400's through the 1500's. From their money-making base in banking their influence flowed to trade, real estate, political power and to the power of the Roman Catholic Church.

Lorenzo Medici, il magnifico, was one of the stars of the dynasty. He hired artists such as Michelangelo and Botticelli to create sculpture, paintings and to decorate his palace and chapel. He had a positive impact on Western society through the art he commissioned.

The commentary on this place includes the notation that "The Palazzo Medici-Riccardi was built as a palace for Cosimo de' Medici and his successor Lorenzo de' Medici and was also home to young Catherine de' Medici. Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici Cosimo's father wanted a palace that was worthy of his family's power but not extravagant enough to make his enemies jealous."

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