Medici in the Renaissance During 1300 and 1600 there was a time which people called the Renaissance. At that time the Western world was changed. People no longer wanted to take the teachings of the church. They wanted to study the secrets of the Universe, to study human anatomy. During the Renaissance printing was invented, and writers and thinkers were able to exchange their ideas. The innovations covered all spheres of life. In art new genres appeared.
They discovered how to paint in three dimensions. Radical new techniques were invented. Artists broke away from the religious traditions if the Medieval world. Artists brought new life and realism to their subjects. Their paintings became dramatic and emotional. They began to paint with oils and used perspective. They altered the way people saw the world.
In architect and science there appeared bigger and better buildings. Beautiful temples and the largest dome in the world were built by the brilliant engineer Filippo Brunelleschi. In politics Machiavelli wrote the first manual The Prince for leadership where the end always won the victory over the means. During the Renaissance Italy flourished under the great achievements. In Europe kings and princes looked at Italy with admiration and wars were stopped. His work visualized a pragmatic world at that time the center of the Renaissance was Italy, particular Florence that was ruled by the most powerful dynasty the Medici.
The Medici family was a small Italian community and then became the most powerful dynasties in Europe in 15th century. The Medici is considered tobe Godfathers of the Renaissance. They drew out Europe from the Dark Ages. In the end of 14th century Savestro de Medici became the leader of the movement against the ciompi (small artistanate).
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It brought him so great popularity that later he became defacto the ruler of Florence. There were several representatives of the family but only some of them became famose for their great deeds.
We can say about 10 representatives of the family Giovanni di Bicci, Cosimo ilVecchio, son of Giovanni, Piero il Gottoso, son of Cosimo; Lorenzo il Magnifico, son of Piero; Gualiano, brother of Lorenzo; Piero il Fatuo, son of Lorenzo; Geovanni de Medici (Pope Leo X), son of Lorenzo, Giulio de Medici (Pope Clement VII), illegimate son of Gualiano; Lorenzo (Duca di Urbino), son of Piero and Alessandro the Moor, illegimate son of Giulio. The Medici played a great role on the Renaissance. They were rich and powerful. They gained wealth and power using hypocrisy, charm, cruelty and patronage. While they ruled the city Florence, they made the city the most powerful and magnificent in Italy and even in Europe. It became the cradle of New Humanism. They built the largest library in Europe and brought in many Greek sources. They found the Platonic Academy and helped the artists and scientists such as Michelangelo, Botticeli, Leonardo Da Vinci and Galileo with all necessities.
They fed and educated them. Their charity helped develop literature and the arts. The Medici family was very useful. The members of the Medicis family were very interested in the rebirth of learning in Europe and under their patronage the Renaissance blossomed. The first representative was Giovanni de Bicci (1360-1425).
He had ruled Florence for sixty years and had done a lot of supporting artists and sculptors.
He offered many accomplishments in the Renaissance period. Among them there were many churches, and many large libraries. The libraries were filled with books, he collected. His son Cosimo (1389-1464) was the first to start the tradition of Medici family monetary and political support for leading artists, architects and thinkers. He spent an enormous portion of his fortune on an art and public works. Cosimos son Piero (1416-1469) was a very active patron on art and a collector.
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But his son Lorenzo was really a man of the Renaissance. Lorenzo was a poet, statesman, politician, banker and patron of art. He paid for artists education and provided them with all necessaries buying their works. He spent enormous sums buying Greek and Latin manuscripts, to copy them. He forced to use Italian in literature. His literary circle was brilliant. It included Poliziano, Ficino, Luigi Pulch and Giovanni Pico Della, Mirandolla.
He was a patron of Sandra, Botticelli and Chirlandaio. Lorenzo gathered around himself famed artists and thinker of his days. He developed Florence as the center of the 15th century Renaissance in Europe using Leonardo Da Vinci as an instrument for making it powerful and beautiful. Michelangelo lived with Lorenzos family for several years. He dinned with them and sat in on the meeting of the Neo Platonic Academy. Michelangelo never forgot it and remembered his early years with the Medici circle as crucial to his later development. Lorenzo also started collecting books which became the Medici library. He purchased a large number of previously unknown works from the East and copied them.
He spreaded their content across Europe. His scholarly friends studied Greek philosophies and tried to connect the ideas of Plato with Christianity. Lorenzo supported the ideas of humanism and made an effort to develop them. As Lorenzo was a poet, his own poetry was love lyrics, sonnets carnival songs, odes. They showed his delicate feeling for nature. Lorenzos life coincided with the high point of the early Italian Renaissance and his death marked the end of the Golden Age of Florence.
After Lorenzos death the center of Renaissance moved from Florence to Rome. All the rest of the Medici family (Lorenzos sons ) was not so successful in developing art and culture. Lorenzos sons became the Pops and served the Church. People still argue about the meaning of the Renaissance but its great influence and the role of the Medici family in the Renaissance on transforming art and culture in all Western world are undoubted. Thanks to the Medici a great works appeared in art, literature, architect and science. A great number of magnificent buildings were built. The world has known such outstanding artists, sculptors and thinkers as Michelangelo, Botticeli, and Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo etc., who made peoples world more sensitive and attractive.
The Santa Maria Basilica facade resembles something out of the Arabian Nights. It is one of the most recognisable and authentic of the great basilicas in Florence. The basilica also houses some of the most important works of art in Florentine history. It attempts above all to create a relationship between science and art and in so doing, becomes the essence of Renaissance thought. Like many ...
The Renaissance is considered a revolution in all spheres of life. dSon of Lorenzo il Magnifico, Piero the Fatuous took over at Lorenzo’s death in 1492, and lasted ineptly just 2 years before surrendering toCharles VIII of France and then being evicted by the Florentinians from their city along with future Medici Popes Leo X (Giovanni) and Clement VII (Giulio) (see below).
He died in exile in 1503 – drowned whilst fighting in a battle
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