Art History 334

Survey of Italian Renaissance Art

The Slide Lists: Page Two

February 24 to 28

Paolo Uccello (1397-1475)

Fra Angelico (1400-1455)


Fra Filippo Lippi (ca. 1406-1469)

March 3 to March 7

More "Sweet Style"

Heroes, Heroines, and Real People

Lorenzo de'Medici, the End of the Century, and the Beginnings of Michelangelo

Cosimo de'Medici dies in 1464. He is succeeded by his sickly son, Piero, called "Piero the Gouty" for the disease that afflicted him, and he died in 1469. He in turn was succeeded by his son Lorenzo (1449-1492), who with his brother Giuliano (1452-1478) continued to rule Florence, now in a more obvious manner. In 1478 a conspiracy led by the Pazzi family killed Giuliano (during Mass in the Cathedral of Florence); Lorenzo was wounded but fought his way into the nearby sacristy, where he and his friends barracaded the door while his associates killed the conspirators.

From this point Lorenzo's rule becomes somewhat harsher, while his support of the arts becomes more active. He was also a poet of nearly the first rank, and he had an active interest in classical culture and philosophy. Among the many artists he supported was the teenage Michelangelo, who was invited to move into the Medici Palace and, with many others, invited to dine with Lorenzo. He is thought to have studied Lorenzo's sculpture collection and to have studied, although how formally is unknown, with one of the last survivors of Donatello's workshop, the sculptor Bertoldo. Bertoldo made the celebrated commemorative medals of Giuliano and Lorenzo de'Medici. Lorenzo died in 1492, probably from the gout that had killed his father.


Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-1499)
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)


Leonardo da Vinci

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