The Patrons of Art and Architecture
The MEDICI family was a powerful and influential Florentine family from the 13th to 17th century. The family produced three popes (Leo X, Clement VII, and Leo XI), numerous rulers of Florence and later member of the French and English royalty. They were able to bring Florence under their family’s power allowing for an environment where art and humanism could flourish. They led the birth of the Italian Renaissance.
The most significant accomplishments of the MEDICI were in the sponsorships of art and architecture, mainly early and High Renaissance art and architecture. Their money was significant because during this period, artist generally only made their works when they received commissions and advance payments.
Giovanni di Bicci de’ MEDICI, the first patron of the arts in the family, aided Masaccio and personally commissioned Brunelleschi to reconstruct the Church of San Lorenzo. Cosimo the Elder’s notable artistic associates were Donatello and Fra Angelico. Lorenzo the Magnificent commissioned Michelangelo Buonarroti often, even as a child, and was extremely fond of him. Lorenzo commissioned Leonardo da Vinci for seven years. Later, Leo X would chiefly commission Raphael, “the Prince of Painters.” Clement VII commissioned Michelangelo to paint the alter wall of the Sistine Chapel. Although none of the Medici themselves were scientist, the family is well known to have been the patrons of the famous Galileo. In archictecture, the MEDICI are responsible for some notable features of Florence; including the Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens, the Belvedere, and the Palazzo MEDICI.
The legacy of the MEDICI has encouraged and directed Mr. Ardi Joanda, our President & Founder, to collaborate with many world renown furniture makers in USA and Europe. MEDICI is established to promote good furniture and excellent design in your daily living, this is in line with our company’s motto: ‘‘Live Your Life Best”