Medici painting

The Medici and Patronage of Renaissance Art


This course was available in the past and may be presented again as part of the Open Enrollment curriculum.

For centuries, the name Medici has been practically synonymous with patronage of art. Between the early fifteenth and later sixteenth centuries, the Medici family of Florence rose from the ranks of the city’s merchant bankers to become virtual rulers of the Florentine republic, cardinals and popes in Rome, and hereditary dukes and grand dukes of Tuscany. This course will explore Medici patronage of the visual arts ca. 1400-1600. To do so, we will focus on works of art and architecture, on primary source materials, and on scholarship concerned with the Medici and, more broadly, with art patronage in Renaissance Italy.


Online registration deadline: Thursday, September 22, 5 pm CT.

Course Syllabus