Lorenzo de Medici

Lorenzo the Magnificent
Born
1449
Died
1492
Portrait Year
1478
Portrait Age
29

A third-generation banking magnate, he was the autocrat of Florence, and as such acted with justice and magnanimity. He was also the personification of the “Renaissance Man” with his patronage of artists, musicians, and poets. He sponsored several of the greatest artists of the time: Ghirlandaio, Lippi, and Verrocchio. Machiavelli thought him to be the greatest man alive!