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Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de' Medici
 
 
Author
Miles J. Unger.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780743254359
Pages/Publication Date 528/2009
Daedalus Item Code 29405
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This is a vivid and colorful portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici, the uncrowned ruler of Florence during its golden age and a true Renaissance man, according to art historian and critic Miles Unger. Lorenzo was the foremost patron of his day and also a renowned poet, equally adept at composing philosophical verses and obscene rhymes to be sung at Carnival. He befriended Leonardo, Botticelli, Poliziano, and particularly Michelangelo, and made Florence the cultural capital of Europe, yet he was also a cunning and ruthless political operative. Unger's biography of this complex figure draws on primary research in Italian sources and on his intimate knowledge of Florence, where he lived for several years.

"Although a well-mined biography topic, the Medici dynasty continues to fascinate, and critic Unger (The Watercolors of Winslow Homer) offers a smart, highly readable and abundantly researched book, making particularly good use of Medici family letters and earlier biographical sources such as Machiavelli's writings."Publishers Weekly

 
 
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