What influential patron of the arts in florence?
The Medici family
They are generally referred to as collectors. Sometimes as investors. I believe their is no specific word for this type patron of the photo arts, but several that describe them. Well-educated, wealthy, and influential are a few words that might describe this 'endangered species' of the fine art patron.
Lorenzo was the patron of the arts in Florence. He help build the Domo of Florence, supported da Vinci, supported and hired Michelangelo, paid for the golden doors that were made for the Cathedral as well as many other things that come to us from the Renaissance. His family also were bankers and popes.
In the 15th century, he headed a wealthy family in Florence, Italy. Rarely in public office, he used his wealth to hold power and kept peace among various factions in Italy who would naturally be fighting each other. He was a major patron of the arts and culture, and in this way ushered in the Renaissance period which emphasized humanism and the arts.
The Medici family controlled the destiny of the Italian city of Florence from the fifteenth century to the early 1700s. They were merchants who amassed enormous wealth and became patrons (financial supporters) of the arts. The Medici family funded many of the buildings, statues, and paintings that made Florence a center of art during the Renaissance (1300-c. 1600), the European revival of classical Greek and Roman culture. Lorenzo Medici (1449-1492) ruled Florence from 1478 to…