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The Medici Family The Princes of the Renaissance
Medici Background <ul><li>The Medici were one of the most affluent families in Renaissance-era Florence </li></ul><ul><li>...
Medici Economics <ul><li>The Medici started out in small scale money-changing in Florence </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually evo...
Medici Politics <ul><li>The Medici started out in small scale politics and were so corrupt they were thrown out of politic...
The Nexus of Politics and Economics <ul><li>The Medici used their political power to enact laws favorable to their economi...
The Nexus of Politics and Economics cont. <ul><li>Used personal fortune to effect the future of Florence, once paid a fore...
Medici Patronage <ul><li>The Medici commissioned many works of palaces and works of art from most of the preeminent Renais...
Medici Legacy <ul><li>The Medici set a precedent for ruthless political control through economic means </li></ul><ul><li>M...
Medici Legacy Cont. <ul><li>Their strategies are mirrored by those of 19th-20th century city bosses (graft) and Robber Bar...
Works Cited <ul><li>Works Cited  </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;| Galileo | Patrons | Medici Family.&quot;  The Galileo Project ....
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The Medici Family

  1. 1. The Medici Family The Princes of the Renaissance
  2. 2. Medici Background <ul><li>The Medici were one of the most affluent families in Renaissance-era Florence </li></ul><ul><li>The Medici used their fortune to, in essence, buy their way into Florentine politics </li></ul><ul><li>They then used their political sway to have 2 of their own be appointed as Pope </li></ul><ul><li>This dynasty lasted 300 years, from 1430-1737 </li></ul>http://physics.ship.edu/~mrc/pfs/110/inside_out/vu1/Galileo/People/medici.html
  3. 3. Medici Economics <ul><li>The Medici started out in small scale money-changing in Florence </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually evolved to a banking operation with banks in most major European cities </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually diversified their concerns into manufacturing and real estate </li></ul>forumgarden.com
  4. 4. Medici Politics <ul><li>The Medici started out in small scale politics and were so corrupt they were thrown out of politics several times </li></ul><ul><li>Giovanni di Bicci, a cousin of the family, was elected governor and then abolished popular elections </li></ul><ul><li>Coincided with the zenith of economic sway over the city </li></ul>flickr.com
  5. 5. The Nexus of Politics and Economics <ul><li>The Medici used their political power to enact laws favorable to their economic interests </li></ul><ul><li>Used their personal fortune to make Florence a beautiful city, as a sort of “bread and circus” effect to distract from their despotism </li></ul>http://www.wheninrometours.com/dbimages/Florence-Duomo.jpg
  6. 6. The Nexus of Politics and Economics cont. <ul><li>Used personal fortune to effect the future of Florence, once paid a foreign general 50,000 Florins not to attack Florence </li></ul><ul><li>Used their political power to have 2 of their family appointed to the position of pope, who ran the catholic church like a business and gave legitimacy to their economic efforts (usury was considered a deadly sin) </li></ul><ul><li>One of the Medician Popes Leo X’s sale of indulgences led to the protestant reformations </li></ul>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cardinal_Giovanni_de%27_Medici.jpg
  7. 7. Medici Patronage <ul><li>The Medici commissioned many works of palaces and works of art from most of the preeminent Renaissance Artists </li></ul>http//:employees.oneonta.edu/farberas/arth/arth213 /Medici_patronage.html
  8. 8. Medici Legacy <ul><li>The Medici set a precedent for ruthless political control through economic means </li></ul><ul><li>Machiavelli wrote his master-work Il Principe , a book about keeping and maintaining political power through the lens of Lorenzo “the Magnificent” di Medici, the ruler of Florence during Machiavelli’s time </li></ul>
  9. 9. Medici Legacy Cont. <ul><li>Their strategies are mirrored by those of 19th-20th century city bosses (graft) and Robber Barons (lobbying) </li></ul><ul><li>The Medici were one of the earliest examples of a multi-national banking operations with depositories in many cities </li></ul>
  10. 10. Works Cited <ul><li>Works Cited </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;| Galileo | Patrons | Medici Family.&quot; The Galileo Project . Web. 22 Sept. 2009. <http://galileo.rice.edu/gal/medici.html>. </li></ul><ul><li>Archer, Mark. &quot;A century of riding high.&quot; The Spectator 18 June 2005: 39-39. The Spectator . ELibrary. Web. 22 Sept. 2009. <http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/elibweb/elib/do/document?> </li></ul><ul><li>Flemer, Paul. &quot;From rural merchant to city financier.&quot; Calliope 1 Apr. 2001: 6-6. Calliope . ELibrary. Web. 22 Sept. 2009. <http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/elibweb/elib/do/document?> </li></ul><ul><li>Machiavelli. The Prince . 1532. Print. </li></ul>

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