(i) The Medici of Florence
It has been argued recently that the Medici, who dominated the Florentine republic from 1434 to 1494, were less openly munificent in patronage than has sometimes been assumed; that the patronage which Cosimo (d. 1464) gave to architects and sculptors was piecemeal and cautious, while Lorenzo the Magnificent (d. 1492) was a savant and connoisseur of art rather than a direct employer of artists. Lorenzo’s financial difficulties and the loss of many of the works he commissioned must, however, be taken into account. Piero, who comes between these two as head of the family (d. 1469), seems to have had more direct dealings with painters than Cosimo, as these letters testify.
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