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Florence 1453 Politics were stable artists and intellects flooded to the city commerce was booming the city was being beautified and in the midst of all this greatness grew the strength and power of the Medici family The Medicis considered themselves to be Florentine royalty although it was their wealth and thus power that elevated the family to their status All of this took place during the Renaissance which saw a revived interest in the arts it was a time of movement forward thinking and progressiveness New ideas and thoughts gave Europeans a new direction and excitement for the future A time like this needed a powerful leader Lorenzo de Medici was likely to have great power over his city and country like his father and grandfather before him Although he projected an image of himself as a man who led a life of sobriety and simplicity the fact remains that he always enjoyed the good things of life wine food music books and beautiful surroundings and that he positively delighted in spending money 1 During his lifetime Lorenzo had a great influence on many artists who lived or moved through Florence he ruled the city until his death and was also a gifted artist and poet himself Lorenzos grandfather Cosimo de Medici was the first Medici to rule Florence Exiled from Florence in 1433 he returned in 1434 and doubled his wealth through banking 2 After Cosimos death Florence continued to be ruled by the Medici family for centuries Piero de Medici Lorenzos father was next to control the destinies of the Florentine people and after his death it was up to Lorenzo and his brother Guiliano to continue the greatness and cultural diversity of Florence 2 The Medicis wealth continued to increase due to their success as merchants as well as bankers They were not stingy and flaunted their wealth building a large palace in the center of
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