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The Medici family, also known as the House of Medici, first attained wealth and political power in Florence in the 13th century through its success in commerce and banking. The Medici first mentioned in 1230. A self-made man, Giovanni Medici was one of five sons of a poor widow. His success with the Medici bank branch in Rome made him the Capo of the Medici family. After Giovanni's death, his son Cosimo fought with the richest in Florence and jealous Albizzi family. Cosimo became the patron of the arts, commissioned Lippi, Donatello, Michelozzo and Gozzoli, financed the extraordinary Duomo and the Council of Florence. He is known as the Godfather of the Renaissance.
His son Lorenzo foiled an ambush against his father, saved his family and secured the position of the Medici in Florence. Lorenzo’s was also the patron of genius artists, including Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Lorenzo's son Giovanni received the tonsure at seven years old and by thirteen and became the youngest cardinal in history. In 1513 he became the Pope Leo X, best-known for his failure to control Martin Luther.
Giovanni's bastard brother Giuliano had a son named Giulio who was adopted by his uncle, Lorenzo. With cousin's death, Giulio became Pope under Clement VII name and dealt with Henry VIII’s divorce. The Medicis produced four popes (Leo X, Clement VII, Pius IV and Leon XI), and their genes have been mixed into many of Europe’s royal families.
Cosimo Medici got rid of Florence's republican government and became the King. His gentle son Ferdinand was standing up to the Pope, trying to protect his mentor and tutor, Galileo, but Intimidated by papal authority, Ferdinando was forced to withdrew his support from Galileo.
Another prominent figure, Catherine Medici was orphaned at birth and raised by illegitimate cousins and papal uncles. She was threatened during the siege of Florence and handed to her new husband, the future King of France. After her husband death in hunting episode, she ruled France through her deranged and deviant sons. Her rule saw the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572. She was obsessed with the prophecies of Nostradamus and ruled her court through the whispers of her “flying squadron ladies“.
The last Medici ruler died without a male heir in 1737, ending the family dynasty after almost three centuries.



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Cosimo de Medici - Rijksmuseum public domain dedication

Cosimo de Medici - Rijksmuseum public domain dedication

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Medici, Alessandro de' - Public domain portrait engraving

Medici, Alessandro de' - Public domain portrait engraving

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Medici, Michele - Public domain portrait engraving

Medici, Michele - Public domain portrait engraving

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Medici, Ippolito de' - Public domain portrait engraving

Medici, Ippolito de' - Public domain portrait engraving

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Medici, Garcias de' - Public domain portrait engraving

Medici, Garcias de' - Public domain portrait engraving

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Medici di Ottajano, Francesco de

Medici di Ottajano, Francesco de

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Medici, Alessandro de' - Public domain portrait engraving

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Francesco de' Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Francesco de' Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Optrekken van de troepen van Ferdinando I de' Medici

Optrekken van de troepen van Ferdinando I de' Medici

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Giovanni de' Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Giovanni de' Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Peter Franz de' Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Peter Franz de' Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Giovanni de Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Giovanni de Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Giovanni de Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Giovanni de Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Portret van Francesco I de' Medici

Portret van Francesco I de' Medici

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Katharina von Medici, Königin von Frankreich

Katharina von Medici, Königin von Frankreich

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Margarete de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Margarete de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Cosimo I. de' Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Cosimo I. de' Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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Medici, Marchese di Marignano, Gian Giacomo de'

Medici, Marchese di Marignano, Gian Giacomo de'

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Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Lorenz de' Medici, Prinz von Toskana

Lorenz de' Medici, Prinz von Toskana

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Cosimo II. de' Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Cosimo II. de' Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Klaudia de Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Klaudia de Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Cosimo II. de' Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Cosimo II. de' Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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Cosimo III. de Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Cosimo III. de Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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Portret Maria de' Medici met stamboom

Portret Maria de' Medici met stamboom

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Johann Gaston de'Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Johann Gaston de'Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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Intocht van Maria de' Medici in Brussel, 1631

Intocht van Maria de' Medici in Brussel, 1631

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Ferdinando I de' Medici laat de haven van Livorno versterken

Ferdinando I de' Medici laat de haven van Livorno versterken

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De jeugdige Cosimo III de Medici tekent de zgn. Medicivaas na in de Medici-tuinen te Rome

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Katharina von Medici, Königin von Frankreich

Katharina von Medici, Königin von Frankreich

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Cosimo I. de' Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Cosimo I. de' Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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Medici, Leopoldo de' - Public domain portrait engraving

Medici, Leopoldo de' - Public domain portrait engraving

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Cosimo de Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Cosimo de Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Medici, Pietro de' - Public domain portrait engraving

Medici, Pietro de' - Public domain portrait engraving

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Giovanni de´ Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Giovanni de´ Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Giovanni de´ Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Giovanni de´ Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Francesco de' Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Francesco de' Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Allegorische titelprent met Maria de' Medici en Isabella Clara Eugenia, 1631

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Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Margarete de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Margarete de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Cosimo II. de' Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Cosimo II. de' Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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Julian von Medici, Herzog von Nemours

Julian von Medici, Herzog von Nemours

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Cosimo III. de Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Cosimo III. de Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Lorenz de' Medici, Prinz von Toskana

Lorenz de' Medici, Prinz von Toskana

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Johann Gaston de'Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Johann Gaston de'Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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Katharina von Medici, Königin von Frankreich

Katharina von Medici, Königin von Frankreich

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Cosimo III. de Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Cosimo III. de Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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Lorenzo de Medici, Herzog von Urbino

Lorenzo de Medici, Herzog von Urbino

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Katharina von Medici, Königin von Frankreich

Katharina von Medici, Königin von Frankreich

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Katharina von Medici, Königin von Frankreich

Katharina von Medici, Königin von Frankreich

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Busteportret van Maria de' Medici

Busteportret van Maria de' Medici

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Giovanni de' Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Giovanni de' Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Maria de' Medici ontsnapt uit het kasteel van Blois, 1619

Maria de' Medici ontsnapt uit het kasteel van Blois, 1619

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Cosimo III. de Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Cosimo III. de Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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View of the Gardens of Villa Medici

View of the Gardens of Villa Medici

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Cosimo I. de' Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Cosimo I. de' Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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Allegorie op de handel en het familiewapen van De Medici

Allegorie op de handel en het familiewapen van De Medici

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[Luxembourg Gardens, the Medici fountains, Paris, France]

[Luxembourg Gardens, the Medici fountains, Paris, France]

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Medici, Camillo de, - jurist lawyer

Medici, Camillo de, - jurist lawyer

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Medici, Pietro de' - Public domain portrait engraving

Medici, Pietro de' - Public domain portrait engraving

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Ferdinando I de' Medici volgt de restauratie van de Santa Maria del Fiore te Florence

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Giovanni de Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Giovanni de Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Peter Franz de' Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Peter Franz de' Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Cosimo III. de Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

Cosimo III. de Medici, Großherzog von Toskana

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Giovanni de Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Giovanni de Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Photo of Medici vaas - Public domain dedication

Photo of Medici vaas - Public domain dedication

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Portret van Cosimo III de Medici

Portret van Cosimo III de Medici

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Giovanni de Medici omsingeld te Rome

Giovanni de Medici omsingeld te Rome

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Allegorie op de handel en het familiewapen van De Medici

Allegorie op de handel en het familiewapen van De Medici

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Anna de' Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Anna de' Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Giovanni de Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

Giovanni de Medici - Public domain portrait engraving

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Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

Maria de 'Medici, Prinzessin von Toskana

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Katharina von Medici, Königin von Frankreich

Katharina von Medici, Königin von Frankreich

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