The story of how the Medici family became one of the most important houses in Florence began around the 12th century. This presentation will discuss the possible origins of the name, explore the life of Giovanni di Bicci de Medici and his son Cosimo, “Father of his Country,” and continue with his son Piero the Gouty, tracing the growth of their family and their bank.
The Medici family, also known as the House of Medici, first attained wealth and political power in Florence in the 13th century through banking and commerce. They became one of the wealthiest families in Italy, but it wasn’t until the 15th century that the Medici’s began turning their wealth into political capital, making themselves the unofficial, yet undisputed, rulers of Florence from 1434 to 1737. The family’s support of the arts and sciences made Florence the cradle of the Renaissance.
Presented by Toni McKeen.
Must register in advance and prepay. Members $20; Non-Members $25