Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Lorenzo de’ Medici (1 January 1449 – 8 April 1492)

Lorenzo de’ Medici was born in Florence in 1449 to Lucrezia Tornabuoni and Piero de’ Medici.

The Medici family-controlled Florence for over three centuries. The man responsible for putting the family in power was Cosimo de’ Medici (1389-1464), who was also known as Cosimo the Elder. Cosimo the Elder was also much interested in culture and education.

Upon the death of his father Piero di Cosimo in 1469, Lorenzo would assume control of Florence. He had already been taking part in public affairs for several years.

As a result, and at all of age 20, the grandson of Cosimo the Elder was better prepared to rule than his father or grandfather, who had each been more than twice his age when they took up their respective leadership roles.

Shortly after his inheritance of his grandfather’s position, his father also passed and left him with a sizable fortune.

The wealth that the Medici bank provided for Cosimo de’ Medici allowed him to participate more fully in various aspects of society. He was able to become a significant patron of both the arts and learning.

Lorenzo enjoyed the company of many artists and writers. As a patron, he is best known for his sponsorship of artists such as Botticelli and Michelangelo.
Lorenzo de’ Medici (1 January 1449 – 8 April 1492)

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