Ruthless in pursuit of profit for their Florentine bank, they were greedy for success, merciless to those who opposed their ambition and vicious in their own internal squabbles. And yet without them we wouldn’t have Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’, the Fra Angelico frescoes in San Marco, Donatello’s ‘David’ or the majestic Michelangelo sculptures in the Medici chapel. This lecture looks into the turbulent history of this extraordinary family - the triumphs, the intrigues and plots. Their perpetual desire to glorify their name in works of art resulted in some of the greatest achievements of the Italian Renaissance.
Douglas Skeggs is a well-known international lecturer, painter and writer. He has presented various TV documentaries, notably the Omnibus programme on ‘Whistler’.