Cosimo de' Medici

Florentine Ruler and Arts Patron Cosimo de' Medici

Profession: Florentine Ruler and Arts Patron

Nationality: Florentine

Biography: The first of the Medici political dynasty, de facto rulers of Florence during much of the Italian Renaissance. Cosimo's power derived from his great wealth as head of his family's Medici bank, which had branches throughout Europe.

Cosimo was a humanist and a great patron of learning, the arts and architecture, including the Laurentian Library and the dome of the cathedral both in Florence.

Born: September 27, 1389
Birthplace: Florence, Republic of Florence
Star Sign: Libra

Died: August 1, 1464 (aged 74)

Historical Events

  • 1418-08-18 Competition announced to design dome of Florentine cathedral, main competitors Lorenzo Ghiberti and Filippo Brunelleschi (supported by Cosimo de' Medici)

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