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'Bankrolling the Renaissance':
A History of the Medici Family
Douglas Skeggs Wednesday 22 November 2017

The Medici were in many ways an unattractive family. Ruthless in pursuit of profit for their Florentine Bank which had branches in every city of the known world, they were greedy for success, merciless to those who opposed their ambition and viscious in their own internal squabbles. And yet without them we would not have Botticelli's  "Birth of Venus", Donatello's  "David" or the majestic sculptures of the Medici chapel. The Platonic Academy would not have been founded and the doors for the Baptistry would never have been cast.

This lecture looks into the turbulent history of this extroardinary family. The triumphs and tragedies, the intrigues and plots; the assassination attempts, the years of exile and their perpetual desire to glorify the family name in works of art which was to result in some of the greatest achievements of the Italian Renaissance Art.