Lorenzo de' Medici and the Medici Family
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Lorenzo de' Medici and the Medici Family

Test your knowledge of Lorenzo de' Medici, the influential leader of the Medici family in Florence during the Renaissance. Learn about his patronage of artists, political challenges, and relationships with prominent figures like Michelangelo and Savonarola.

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Lorenzo discovered a young talent, Michelangelo, and brought him into his ______

family

Michelangelo was torn between traditional religious subjects and the raw drama of classical ______

legends

Savonarola believed that the decadence of Lorenzo's reign was leading to the downfall of ______

Florence

Lorenzo de' Medici reached new heights of culture and sophistication in Florence, but his loose grip on the family business led to branches of the Medici bank across Europe closing and significant financial ______

<p>losses</p> Signup and view all the answers

Lorenzo's power and network were built on maintaining a circle of loyal followers and ______, but with more people asking for favors than could be granted, some went away unsatisfied

<p>Godfathers</p> Signup and view all the answers

Fearing eternal damnation, Lorenzo sought absolution from Savonarola as he lay dying, but Savonarola's judgment was ______

<p>harsh</p> Signup and view all the answers

The Medici family had gained power in Florence by the mid 15th century, presiding over the ______.

<p>Renaissance</p> Signup and view all the answers

Lorenzo de' Medici, also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, was the leader of the family during a vibrant new ______.

<p>era</p> Signup and view all the answers

In 1478, rumors of a coup d'etat by rival families threatened the Medici ______.

<p>family</p> Signup and view all the answers

Lorenzo's father died, thrusting him into the spotlight as the principal man of ______.

<p>Florence</p> Signup and view all the answers

Lorenzo was a patron of the arts, particularly Sandro Botticelli, who created the painting 'The Birth of Venus' for the Medici ______.

<p>family</p> Signup and view all the answers

Savonarola, a Dominican monk, opposed the liberties of the Medici's Renaissance city and turned his hate towards ______.

<p>Lorenzo</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

  • The Medici family had gained power in Florence by the mid 15th century, presiding over the Renaissance.
  • Lorenzo de' Medici, also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, was the leader of the family during a vibrant new era.
  • In 1478, rumors of a coup d'etat by rival families threatened the Medici family.
  • Lorenzo's father died, thrusting him into the spotlight as the principal man of Florence.
  • Lorenzo offered help to the ordinary people of Tuscany in exchange for whatever they could afford.
  • Lorenzo was a patron of the arts, particularly Sandro Botticelli, who created the painting "The Birth of Venus" for the Medici family.
  • The Medici family faced opposition from the Pazzi, a rival banking family, who sought to eliminate them.
  • On Easter Sunday, 1478, Giuliano de Medici was stabbed to death and Lorenzo was wounded during a conspiracy at the cathedral.
  • Lorenzo traveled to Naples to negotiate with enemies, saving Florence from destruction.
  • Lorenzo adopted his murdered brother's illegitimate son and took over the city government.
  • Lorenzo patronized Leonardo da Vinci, commissioning work from his studio.
  • Savonarola, a Dominican monk, opposed the liberties of the Medici's Renaissance city and turned his hate towards Lorenzo.
  • In 1487, Lorenzo's wife Clarice died suddenly from tuberculosis.
  • Lorenzo discovered a young talent, Michelangelo, and brought him into his family.
  • Lorenzo had a close relationship with Michelangelo, inviting him to his dinner table and investing in his approval.
  • Michelangelo was torn between traditional religious subjects and the raw drama of classical legends.
  • Savonarola believed that the decadence of Lorenzo's reign was leading to the downfall of Florence.- Lorenzo de' Medici reached new heights of culture and sophistication in Florence, but his loose grip on the family business led to branches of the Medici bank across Europe closing and significant financial losses
  • Lorenzo's power and network were built on maintaining a circle of loyal followers and Godfathers, but with more people asking for favors than could be granted, some went away unsatisfied
  • Lorenzo's friends saw the predictions of Savonarola, who had criticized the society under Lorenzo, coming true in 1492
  • Fearing eternal damnation, Lorenzo sought absolution from Savonarola as he lay dying, but Savonarola's judgment was harsh
  • Savonarola's fundamentalist regime saw the burning of prostitutes, homosexuals, makeup, jewelry, and other accouterments of the Renaissance as necessary to create the kingdom of God on Earth

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