Frans Johansson on the Medici Effect (09 Oct 2004)
The title alludes to what the Medici family accomplished in Florence during the 1500s: they sponsored people from lots of different disciplines - architects, painters, sculptors, philosophers, scientists - from all over Europe, even actually as far away as China, and brought them all together in Florence. And it's through their interactions that Florence essentially became the epicenter of one of the most creative eras in Europe's history, the Renaissance. One of the most famous innovators they sponsored was, of course, Leonardo Da Vinci, but there were many others in Florence who found connections between their various crafts, which ultimately allowed them to set off the creative explosion.
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