Organised by the London Events Volunteer Fundraising Committee

The city-state of Florence and the Medici, by Ross King - sold out

  • The Wallace Collection |
  • Talk |
  • Thursday 19 January 2017 - 14:30 until 15:30

'Only give me time, Lord, and I shall balance our books.' So said Cosimo de' Medici, founder of the family's political rule in Florence. If Cosimo had on the debit side of his account a vast fortune ill-gotten through the sin of usury, he hoped to establish credit through philanthropic projects that would not only save his immortal soul, burnish the family name and glorify the city of Florence. This illustrated talk will discuss how from this anxious bookkeeping came the patronage, through several generations of Medici, of artists such as Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelozzo, Benozzo Gozzoli and Michelangelo. Ross King is the bestselling author of ‘Brunelleschi’s dome’ and ‘Leonardo and The Last Supper’.

This is the first lecture in a series focusing on Italian City States in the Renaissance Period. You might also like to consider these lectures:

Rome: Papal Power and Glory, by Dr Paula Nuttall 2 February 2017

Peaceful and Happy Ferrara, the Mother of Love, by Dr Geoffrey L Nuttall 23 February 2017

Venice: Serene Republic with a Prince, by Paul Hills  16 March 2017

This event has been organised by the London Events Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

The Wallace Collection
Hertford House, Manchester Square London W1U 3BN