Cosimo De Medici by K. Dorothea EwartIn many ways, he was the father of the Renaissance, or at least its midwife, taking the reins of Florence in 1433 and leading it to a cultural apex that has, perhaps, yet to be rivaled by any municipality since.
Cosimo De Medici, master of a city-state, diplomat and statesman, ruled a Florence that was in miniature an empire, as this 1899 biography calls it, where painters and thinkers created new movements of art, philosophy, and science that, in turn, created our world today.
This is a fascinating look at the man who shepherded Florence through that dramatic period, from his foreign policy that nurtured the citys cosmopolitanism to his fostering of a social and cultural environment in which literature and art flourished.
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Cosimo de' Medici Facts
He was the greatest private patron of his time, who, motivated through ambition for his family, and perhaps through a desire to compensate the sin of lending, introduced a new conception of patronage; a humanist one. He fully appreciated the propaganda value of architecture and sculpture, and his ambitions rivaled those of the Comune. Primarily an architectural patron, Cosimo favoured Michelozzo di Bartolomeo, but he also gave generous support to Donatello and others. He dominated Florence from ; yet he himself valued his citizen status and constantly emphasized it, and the artistic tradition associated with him is simple and restrained. He was accompanied by Michelozzo, whom he commissioned to design the library of the Benedictine monastery of San Giorgio in gratitude for the Venetian hospitality. He then endowed the library with precious manuscripts. In he was recalled from exile and became the unofficial ruler of Florence until his death.
The Italian merchant prince Cosimo de' Medici was the unofficial and benevolent despot of Florence, contributing much to making it the intellectual and cultural jewel of 15th-century Europe. The dynasty he founded ruled Florence until Cosimo de' Medici was born on Sept. After his father died in , Cosimo continued the family's commercial and financial practices with great success. He brought goods of little weight and high value from the East and lent money to the princely houses of Europe. Cosimo also adopted the policy, already traditional in his family, of supporting the lesser guilds and the poor against the wealthy aristocracy which ruled the city.
Cosimo de' Medici, founder of one of the main lines of the Medici family that ruled Florence from to Last Updated: Sep 23, See Article History.
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The Life And Times of Cosimo De Medici
By the end of the 14th century the city-state of Florence had built up a profitable textile industry with a flourishing export trade and had become a major banking centre, lending money to businessmen, kings and lords, popes and senior clergy. The Medicis, originally Tuscan peasantry, worked their way up into the rich elite and Cosimo the Elder, as he was known, would make himself the effective ruler of Florence and one of the key figures of the Italian Renaissance. He died in , when Cosimo was Cosimo was a brilliant businessman who made a colossal fortune in banking and also adroitly built up Medici political power in Florence. In some of his rivals had him arrested and charged with trying to elevate himself above the status of an ordinary citizen, which in supposedly democratic Florence could carry the death penalty. Imprisoned in a tiny dungeon, Cosimo contrived to make sure that his food was not poisoned and quietly bribed enough members of the Signoria to reduce the sentence to banishment for five years.