The de’ Medici family was a powerful influence during not only the time of the Renaissance, but over a time period stretching for generations. The wealth and power of the de Medici family ... ... middle of paper ... ...a political move. The de’ Medici family was wealthy and influential and usually known as being one of the most important family during the Renaissance. Through their wealth they were able to affect Florence and other European countries both politically and culturally through the patronizing of the arts and the persuasion in a political atmosphere. Their actions during the time of the Renaissance was able to affect the people and culture not only in that time, but still in society today.
Popularised due to the increase of wealth in Italy during the Renaissance, Patronage played an important role in the development of individual geniuses in art. Many wealthy families of the aristocratic Italy contributed greatly to the success of many artists in this time. They did this by drawing attention to the arts and supporting the industry by commissioning visual propaganda, works of art for displays of prestige and memorials. Patronage involved the patron commissioning and specifying most of the aspects of an artwork to an artist. These aspects include size, medium, subject matter, and precious materials used within the artwork.
With Humanism stirring a desire for learning and the need to express individualism, outlets for creativity were quickly being sought out. Italian cities were already filled with the classical art left over from the dead Roman Empire. Artists surrounded by this fine architecture and art could very easily find inspiration and begin working to resurrect the artistic styles around them. Elegance and grace in art and ideas flourished as a result, and the Renaissance took hold of the Italians. The success of the new invigoration of the country’s spirit contributed to a wealthy economy, particularly in cities such as Florence, which became a center for banking.
Soon all of Europe would follow in Florence’s footsteps and “the setting is so rich, varied, rambunctious, and inventive as Italy in the Renaissance” (Cohen 1). The painters and sculptors defined Renaissance culture and could actually make a living because they were being sponsored. The Renaissance was the age of the merchants and because of the merchants the economies and culture rose. The Renaissance is remembered by many people for the works of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Raphael. What many people do not know about the Renaissance is that the textile industry was more famous and profitable than the painter industry.
One thing that helped Italy was their geography. Italy’s prime location gave forth to lots of trade. In the time of the Renaissance trade was huge and Italy was a great trading post. Their city states that they made great trading places too and they had civic pride between each other just like the Renaissance. Different groups of people tried to take control of the city states just like in the time of the Renaissance where families tried to take the power of the cities like Florence.
By creating that air of comfort and patronage, the Renaissance was able to flourish under the Medici family. The Medici’s were a very influential family during Renaissance Europe. They used their money and power to built up the city of Florence and to advocate the study of art, literature and the ideas of Humanism. The Medici family made significant contributions to the European and Itallian Renaissance.
The Medici’s were from Florence, Italy and controlled florence through much of the Renaissance period. They were very important patrons to the arts and the political development of the city. The Medicis were second in power during the Renaissance only to the papacy. The Medici family was part of the new merchant class of patrons. This merchant class was a new class of wealthy families, usually in the banking sector, that invested their money into the arts.
The Renaissance period (1400 to 1700) covered art, literature, philosophy and government. Renaissance culture spread outwards from Florence, to other Italian cities and then, over the following centuries, to the rest of Europe. It is widely understood that it was a unique combination of several different influences that led to the Renaissance, with the social and political conditions of the era, combined with great wealth and the large number of talented artists and artisans in Florence; influencing cultural development on an exceptional scale. Europe in the 15th Century depended on Italy for much of its commerce. Italy itself was made up of city-states in which power was shared by leading families.
Maps steadily improved. The Spanish and Portuguese were the best mapmakers because they travelled the furthest afield. I think that the main factors which spread the Renaissance were divided Italy and the growing wealth of Italy because the history and art of the Greeks and Romans influenced the Italiens, the classical period because the Italiens started to look at the art and architecture from the Greeks and Romans and they started to use art in a simular way and trade because people began to want more luxury goods.
The Medici appeared as the first important bourgeoisie family, which supported the artists, writers and philosophers, in the history. However, we cannot consider the Medici as another ordinary bourgeoisies lived at the same time with them because their fortune and political power could not be compared with other bankers, merchants and higher classes of the society. The beginning of their dynasty accelerated the Italian Renaissance, especially in Florence. During the reign of Cosmo and Lorenzo de’ Medici, the Republic of Florence was transformed into the center of finance and trade of the world and also many of the most significant examples of the arts of classical antiquity like architecture and sculpture were generated under the patronage of the Medici family. In addition to these developments, new art forms like oil painting acquired importance and appreciation.Although the renaissance or ‘reborn’ spirit had started to be generated in Italy before the Medici, their impact and influence on the era cannot be underestimated.