1492 Lorenzo the Magnificent
, Medici ruler of Florence, died aged 43 after a 23-year reign of cultural brilliance.
He admits to an anti-Medici feeling and a dislike of Lorenzo the Magnificent
, but most previous work has been pro-Medici, so overall we have here an historical balancing act at work.
1492) was done during the time he spent at the court of Lorenzo the Magnificent
The pre-Lenten revelry in the "city of flowers" during the days of Lorenzo the Magnificent
included singing and dancing, torchlight processions and ornate carri or wagons decorated by leading artists on classical themes of "triumph.
Grazzini also collected (1559) the Canti carnascialeschi ("Carnival Songs") popular in Florence during the time of Lorenzo the Magnificent
Restored in 1992 to celebrate the quincentenary of the death of Lorenzo the Magnificent
(1449-92), the pictures dazzle today's visitor as they must have impressed contemporaries by their glorious colours, dynamic, perspectival composition and superbly detailed observation.
Joaquin tried to contrast the champions of tradition: the sisters Candida and Paula, their father Lorenzo the Magnificent
whose painting is both a tribute and rebuke, the friends who gather for a final tertulia, against the modernists: the older Marasigan brother and sister who want to sell the old house for their own interests, the wife and hangers-on of the family friend who gave up his poetry for politics and power.
She first details his political, military, and trade relations with Florence from Cosimo to Lorenzo the Magnificent
, and then turns to the Renaissance court of Piombino recounting court patronage and expenditures, diplomatic and military events, including an unsuccessful revolt against Jacopo, and his expansionist ambitions in Tuscany.
In this perspective the patronage of Lorenzo the Magnificent
resists all attempts to diminish its importance.
On page 10, from the proem dedicated to Lorenzo the Magnificent
, we find a passage that runs as follows: "ideoque universum opus Platonicam Theologiam de immortalitate animorum inscribendum esse censui" (translated by Allen as "That is why I have deemed it appropriate to entitle the whole work The Platonic Theology: On the Immortality of the Soul").
He thus suggests that Leo X owned a copy of the Hamilton Bible made for him by his father, Lorenzo the Magnificent
(1449-92), and therefore it was a treasured personal possession.
Florentine humanist scholars consulted and translated manuscripts of Pliny's Natural History and Dioscorides' Materia medica acquired by Cosimo the Elder and Lorenzo the Magnificent