The Artistic Heritage Of The Medici Dynasty In Florence
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The Artistic Heritage Of the Medici Dynasty In Florence

Florence is one of the art cities with the highest number of works and artistic masterpieces. This primacy allows Florence to be one of the most visited Italian cities.

All this artistic and historical heritage of inestimable value comes from the great past of Florence and by attentive choices made by governments during a time when Florence was the cultural, artistic and scientific centre of Europe.

Among the major proponents of the artistic and cultural wealth of the Tuscan capital is the important Medici family. This dynasty comes from an old family since the Middle Ages. They resided in the Mugello area: this information comes from the fact that the first components of this dynasty were owners of lands and castles in this rural area, situated North-East of Florence.

The rise of the Medici family was constant and sudden until they succeeded in ruling Florence for three centuries, in addition to achieving the city government. Several members of the family de Medici covered highly prestigious positions managing to get to have three popes and two queens of France as well as many prominent role in Florence even before their government.

It seems that the luck of the beginning of the dynasty with the wool trade and later continued in other areas with the purchase of lands and various possessions, one of the strengths of the Medici was certainly the support of the influential status of the Vatican to which they were always closely linked.

All that the dynasty de Medici in Florence produced from an artistic point of view would not be preserved in the Tuscan town if it were not for the famous family pact wanted by themselves and carried out by Anna Maria Luisa De’ Medici, the last component the great Florentine dynasty.

Anna Maria Luisa de 'Medici in Florence known as the Palatine Electress following the family rules sanctioned the legacy of all the property and the immense artistic heritage of the state that at that time was the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the immense wealth for city of Florence with the condition that no work could be sold or carried outside of Florence.

Thanks to the pact signed by the Palatine Electress all the family masterpieces and works of art from the Medici collections can be visited in the Uffizi Gallery and in many other museums in the city today. Therefore this choice made by the Medici family helped the creations of many Florence museums. This pact had a planetary success so as to become the most visited Italian museum city and the works were kept in them among the most admired in absolute masterpieces.

every year Florence is still immensely grateful to the dynasty de Medici that is often celebrated with events and conferences in the big squares and palaces of the Tuscan city, the same places that saw De’ Medici rulers govern with great wisdom and magnificence.


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