Step inside the House of Medici
Find out more about one of the most powerful families of medieval Europe
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One of the most famous European aristocratic families of the medieval era was the House of Medici. Ruling Florence, and later Tuscany, during most of the period from 1434 to 1737, the Medici dynasty found success in commerce and banking, after which several family members contributed extensively to art, learning, and architecture through a series of patronages and funding. Indeed, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and other Renaissance masters all benefitted from their generous support. But the influential House of Medici was also at times embroiled in scandal and tyranny, making it one of the most feared of Europe's noble households.
The Medici family enjoyed over three centuries of power, prestige, and influence before the dynasty fell in the mid-18th century. To know more, click through and find out who they were and what they left us.
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