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Every depression is followed by a recession as was Europes Medieval Ages followed by the Renaissance While the Medieval ages were known as the rock bottom of European life the Renaissance was famous for many things such as the beginning of humanism the focus on individuals here and now which was the combination of individualism secularism and classicism Lorenzo De Medici was one of the few genuine humanists during the Renaissance because he was an art patron and de facto ruler of Florence and through this position he expressed his individualism secularism and classicism On January 1 1449 he was born into the Medici family of Florence which was the ruling family over Florence As he grew up in his family and eventually came to power over Florence he was not some forgettable ruler of another simple city-state He was the ruler of a city that was in the thickness of the idea of humanism and he lived up to that belief Lorenzo De Medici demonstrated humanism as well as individualism the study of the potential of each person through his support of famous and also individual artists Lorenzos support of artistic wonders such as Botticelli Da Vinci Donatello and Michelangelo shows that Lorenzo is a person that wishes to use artistic techniques to show the uniqueness of individuals Although he never bought many of these artists paintings he attempted to get commissions for the painters so as to pass on the paintings The paintings that he helped sell were infused with the painters beliefs one of which for Botticelli Da Vinci Donatello and Michelangelo was individualism and by helping to sell a painting that expresses individualism Lorenzo is promoting the spread of the individualism In addition to being an individualist Lorenzo was a remarkable humanist due to his secular the focus on the events around the present world lifestyle by working hard to improve the situation of Florence and Italy Lorenzo spent large amounts
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