A chance to meet some of the world’s most important art patrons, and one of the most colourful dynasties in Renaissance Italy.
The names ‘Florence’ and ‘Medici’ are inextricably linked with each other. From the late 1300s to 1737 the family ‘advised’, ruled, were exiled, returned and ruled again in Florence in continuing cycles, eventually stamping their authority on the city with authoritarian firmness. At the same time they were responsible for helping to create one of the most vibrant artistic centres of the Renaissance and beyond. This is a story filled with larger-than-life characters and great art alongside stirring historical events, occasional assassinations, and the eventual decline of a remarkable dynasty.
This topic is also very popular as a special interest day.