Guided art tours in Italy

The rise of the Medici: Palazzo Medici, San Lorenzo and San Marco

Sites visited: Medici Palace, Church of San Lorenzo and San Marco Convent                    

Duration: 3 hours                         

This lecture will examine the Medici family’s role and importance in the history of Florence. The Medici imposed de facto rule on Florence from 1434 until 1494. The family controlled the city’s political, economic and artistic policy. Their power and patronage is best expressed in their 15th century palazzo, their unofficial “official” church of San Lorenzo and the first monumental commission of individual patronage to rival communal patronage in Florence: the church and convent of San Marco.

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