The Medici: History's Most Powerful Family

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The Medici began as an Italian banking family that eventually gained extreme power and reigned over Europe (though they were officially citizens and not monarchs). They began the Medici Bank, the largest in Europe in the 15th century. The biggest accomplishments of the Medici were in supporting art and architecture, paving the way for Renaissance art.


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Key Facts In This Video

  1. By the mid-15th century, the Medici family fought their way to power in Florence, Italy. 00:09

  2. Under the protection of the Medici family, Botticelli invented a new type of art—la primavera. 18:20

  3. The Lorenzo de Medici saved Florence from destruction with personal charm, political skill, and hard cash. 29:37