From the wealth of available documentation on cosimo de medici s life the author considers how cosimo s own experience influenced his patronage how the culture of renaissance florence provided a common idiom for the patron his artists and his audience what he preferred and intended as a patron and how focusing on his patronage of art alters the image of him that is based on his roles as banker and politician cosimo was as much a product as a shaper of florentine society kent . Cosimo de medici and the florentine renaissance dale v kent 2000 cosimo demedici 1389 1464 the fabulously wealthy banker who became the leading citizen of florence in the fifteenth century spent lavishly as the citys most important patron of art and literature. Cosimo di giovanni de medici called the elder and posthumously father of the fatherland was an italian banker and politician the first member of the medici family which effectively ruled florence during much of the italian renaissance despite his influence his power was not absolute florences legislative councils at times resisted his proposals throughout his life and he was viewed as first among equals rather than an autocrat his power derived from his wealth as a . The most powerful figure in the political and economic life of early renaissance florence cosimo de medici was also its greatest patron of the arts in her vigorously argued and exhaustively documented study kent history univ of california riverside has examined virtually every facet of medicean patronage between 1420 and 1464 in doing so she uncovers and explicates the complex of civic religious personal and dynastic impulses that undergird cosimos almost innumerable sacred
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