Who were the medicis?

The Medici were a powerful family that ruled Florence for over 100 years. They supported some of the greatest artists of the renaissance, such as Donatello and Michelangelo.

The Medici started out as a merchant family, but eventually their business, influences and friends made them the richest family in Florence and they eventually took power.

Cosimo De Medici was the first Medici who ruled Florence, he was the patron of Filippo Brunelleschi, the person who desgined and led the construction of the big Cathedral of Florence

Lorenzo de Medici created an art academy where famous artists like Botticelli and Michelangelo made their art.

The Pope Leo X was a Medici that was exiled from Florence.

Even Galileo belonged to the Medici court, he was the personal teacher of one of the Medici.