Treasures of the Uffizi Lecture & Lunch
February 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Medici: Godfathers of Renaissance Florence – Guest Speaker: Rocky Ruggiero, PhD
The Medici family was one of the longest lasting dynasties in history. From relatively modest beginnings, the family became one of the most wealthy and powerful in Europe. As bankers to some of Europe’s most important rulers, including the Pope, the Medici had a very strong influence on the geopolitics of their time. But perhaps their most enduring legacy is that as patrons of the arts. Artists such as Donatello, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo all developed under and enjoyed Medici largesse. The art of the Renaissance had become the visual political language of the Medici, and it was clearly a language of power. This lecture will explore the dramatic history of the Medici family over three centuries, as well as to showcase the art and architecture sponsored by this extraordinary family.