Lorenzo de' Medici and the Art of Magnificence (The Johns Hopkins Symposia in Comparative History)
F. W. KentISBN: 0801878683; 9780801878688;
Book Description In the past half century scholars have downplayed the significance of Lorenzo de' Medici (1449--1492), called "the Magnificent," as a patron of the arts. Less wealthy than his grandfather Cosimo, the argument goes, Lorenzo was far moreinterested in collecting ancient objects of art than in commissioning contemporary art or architecture. His earlier reputation as a patron was said to be largely a construct of humanist exaggeration and partisan deference. Although some recent studies have taken issue with this view, no synthesis of Lorenzo as art patron and art lover has yet emerged. In Lorenzo de' Medici and the Art of Magnificence historian F. W. Kent offers a new look at Lorenzo's relationship to the arts, aesthetics, collecting, and building--especially in the context of his role as the political boss ( maestro della bottega ) of republican Florence and a leading player in Renaissance Italian diplomacy. As a result of this approach, which pays...