Medici Family Collection
The Medici Family: A Renaissance Legacy Step into the world of the illustrious Medici family, a name synonymous with power, wealth, and patronage during the Renaissance
Statue of Lorenzo de'Medici, called the Magnificent, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy, Europe
7277595 Statue of Lorenzo de Medici, called the Magnificent, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy, Europe by Italian School, (19th century); Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany
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The Medici Family: A Renaissance Legacy Step into the world of the illustrious Medici family, a name synonymous with power, wealth, and patronage during the Renaissance. From their humble beginnings as bankers to becoming one of Europe's most influential dynasties, the Medicis left an indelible mark on history. Intriguing artifacts from this era serve as reminders of their immense influence. The Thermometer of the Accademia del Cimento stands as a testament to their support for scientific advancements. This remarkable instrument, consisting of seven bulbs filled with liquids and glass beads of varying densities, showcases their commitment to understanding nature's mysteries in c. 1650. But it wasn't just science that captivated the Medicis; they were also deeply involved in politics and astrology. Catherine de Medici sought guidance from her trusted astrologer Nostradamus, whose portrait depicts him alongside this formidable queen. Together, they navigated turbulent times with foresight and cunning. The Medicis' love for innovation extended beyond celestial realms; Samuel Morland's mechanical calculator showcased their fascination with mathematics and engineering in 1664. Crafted meticulously from brassware and silver, this intricate device exemplifies their thirst for knowledge. Art was another realm where the Medicis excelled. Cosimo I de Medici's marble bust captures his regal presence while Lorenzo de Medici is immortalized through oil on wood portraiture - both testaments to their refined taste and appreciation for beauty. Not limited to men alone, Vittoria della Rovere graces canvas at a tender age in an exquisite oil painting that hints at her future prominence within the family lineage. Giulia di Alessandro de Medici possibly finds herself immortalized in an enchanting portrait holding a book – symbolizing not only education but also women’s empowerment during this period.