jan 1, 1434 - Medici Family Takes Control of Florence
In the early 1400’s (1434) the Medici family took control of Florence and they ruled throughout much of the Renaissance. This is important because they had a major influence on the growth of the Italian Renaissance through their patronage of the arts and humanism. A significant amount of the art and architecture that was produced in Florence at the beginning of the Renaissance was due to the Medici. The Medici family was one of the wealthiest families in all of Europe due to the Medici bank. Since they were extremely rich, they had plenty of money to support not only the arts and architecture, but also science. The cultural flowering of Florence was rivaled only by that of ancient Greece.
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