School of Verrocchio, Lorenzo de Medici

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To be a successful artist in the 1470’s meant having a connection to the private circle of Lorenzo de’ Medici, the great Lorenzo il Magnifico who ruled Florence as a private fiefdom. A skillful diplomat and crafty politician, Lorenzo thought of himself as a gentleman-scholar and poet, who had reluctantly accepted the yoke of political leadership.

 

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