The city-state of Florence and the Medici, by Ross King - sold out
Talk | The Wallace Collection
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:
This event has been organised by the London Events Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.