Shirley Smith

Renaissance Art Historian

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The Garden House, Bruisyard,

Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2ED

Florence under the Medici: From Republicans to Royalty




Donatello David (front view) 1430s

Image source: Web Gallery of Art


The Medici attained wealth and political power in Florence through success in commerce and banking. By the 16th Century they were autocratic rulers of the Duchy of Tuscany and linked by marriage to the ruling famlies of Europe.


This study day will chart the shift in the Medici powerbase in Florence from Republic to autocratic Duchy by studying their patronage of art

and architecture including the sculptures of Donatello, the paintings of Benozzo Gozzolli in the beautiful Medici Chapel, the mythological works of Botticelli and the building of the Uffizi.

Sandro Botticelli Primavera c1482

Image source: Web Gallery of Art