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The Medici Family During the Renaissance a lot of changes occurred in fields such as humanism politics and economy One of the most influential families of the Renaissance was the Medici family They reflected the Renaissance in a way where almost every aspect of the Renaissance could be found as one of their traits The Medici family made numerous contributions to humanism Cosimo de Medici was one of the first from his family to encourage humanism He patronized artists architects and scholars Other great contributions were the humanist library and his public building program later imitated by his family and other rulers Lorenzo de Medici Cosimos grandson was also a great patron of the arts He was a gifted poet himself and a connoisseur of the arts He gathered at his court the leading artists and intellectuals of his day Some of the artists he patronized were the philosophers Marsilio Ficino and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola the painters Botticelli and Michelangelo and the humanist poet Angelo Poliziano Giovanni de Medici who was later named Leo X after becoming the Pope was a patron of the arts He spent great sums of money on projects carried out by such masters as Raphael and Donato Bramante His excessive spending as a patron of arts was mainly in the rebuilding of Saint Peters Basilica and the display of magnificence in his court These projects were indirectly responsible for the Reformation movement Martin Luther wrote his Ninety-Five Theses after the rebuilding of Saint Peters Basilica project was announced Giulio de Medici was raised by his uncle Lorenzo Later called Pope Clement VII he was also a patron of the arts Some of the Italian artists he patronized artists were Benvenuto Cellini Raphael and Michelangelo Encouraging humanism almost became a tradition in the Medici family Encarta Encyclopedia 2000 all articles The Medici family dominated the world of politics They controlled Florence for many years Although Cosimo de Medici never held
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