The History of Art And The Curious Lives of Famous Painters
The Medici grand dukes were art collectors and lovers of all that was beautiful and refined. They took young artists under their wing and encouraged creativity. The Medici ruled Florence with an iron fist but lavished gifts and gold upon talented artists and innovators. They founded great libraries and their patronage greatly promoted humanism.
Cosimo de' Medici sponsored Platonic Academy (Medici Academy). This informal group of painters, writers, scholars and nobility, hobnobbed and exchanged ideas. They feasted and drank fine wine by the barrel all at Cosimo de' Medici expense. After Cosimo died, Lorenzo de’ Medici, also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, took over the Medici Academy. Lorenzo was the most brilliant and talented of the Medici clan. According to Renaissance author, Giorgio Vasari "Lorenzo the Magnificent, then, always favored men of genius…wherefore it is no marvel that from that school there should have issued some who have amazed the world. And what is more, he not only gave the means to buy food and clothing to those who, being poor, would otherwise not have been able to pursue the studies of design, but also bestowed extraordinary gifts on anyone among them who had acquitted himself in some work better than the others; so that the young students of our arts, competing thus with each other, thereby became very excellent"
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Important Words, People, Phrases, Characteristics related to the Italian Renaissance Art Movement - rebirth, rediscovery of the classical world, City-state, Humanism, Humanist, Francesco Petrarch, Reform, The Prince, Theocracy, The Inquisition, Human Reasoning, Medici Academy, publication of Della Pittura, a book about the laws of mathematical perspective for artists, sfumato, chiaroscuro, linear perspective, Heliocentric Theory, Petrarch, Baldassare Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier, liberal arts, civic humanism, Verrocchio, secularism, Leonardo Bruni, Lorenzo Valla, Neo-Platonism, nominalism, Giotto, Masaccio, Botticelli, Quattrocento, vanishing point, Savonarola, oligarchy spiritually significant, illuminated manuscript, idealized biblical themes, scriptorium, emotion, illuminator, iconoclast, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci, Age of Discovery, axonometric drawing, curiosity about the natural world, mythology, realistic use of colours and light, Bonfire of the Vanities, Old Testament stories, ethereal and foggy backgrounds, Gospel parables, The Blackdeath, romanticized landscapes, Christian symbolism. ParadiseSearch for Artists by Century Important Painters Born in the 13th Century Important Painters Born in the 14th Century Important Painters Born in the 15th Century Important Painters Born in the 16th Century Important Painters Born in the 17th Century Important Painters Born in the 18th Century Important Painters Born in the 19th Century
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