National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: Patrons and Artists in Late 15th-Century Florence

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image of Giuliano de' Medici image of The Adoration of the Magi image of The Triumph of Camillus
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image of Saint John the Baptist image of Madonna and Child with a Pomegranate image of Madonna and Child
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In the late fifteenth century, Florence had more woodcarvers than butchers, suggesting that art, even more than meat, was a necessity of life. This was true not only for the wealthy, but also for those of more modest means. In 1472, the city boasted 54 workshops for marble and stone; it employed 44 master gold- and silversmiths, and at least thirty master painters. Florence's position in the wool and silk industries relied on its reputation for quality—a tradition of craftsmanship that made discerning patrons of its merchants and financiers.



1Sandro Botticelli, Giuliano de' Medici, c. 1478/1480
2Sandro Botticelli, The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1478/1482
3Biagio d'Antonio and Workshop, The Triumph of Camillus, c. 1470/1475
4Jacopo del Sellaio, Saint John the Baptist, c. 1480
5Lorenzo di Credi, Madonna and Child with a Pomegranate, 1475/1480
6Domenico Ghirlandaio, Madonna and Child, c. 1470/1475
7Filippino Lippi, The Coronation of the Virgin, c. 1475
8Filippino Lippi, Tobias and the Angel, c. 1475/1480