Cosimo the Elder

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Noun1.Cosimo the Elder - Italian financier and statesman and friend of the papal court (1389-1464)Cosimo the Elder - Italian financier and statesman and friend of the papal court (1389-1464)
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This sprint through a century of military history sets the stage for his second theme, the battle at Anghiari on 29 June 1440, which pitted the hired soldiers of Piccinino--fighting under contract for the Duke Filippo Maria Visconti of Milan--against a defensive alliance of troops supported by Cosimo de' Medici and his Florentine colleagues in southern Tuscany, near the town of Borgo San Sepolcro.
The 31-year-old who played Cosimo de' Medici in Medici: Masters of Florence, opposite Dustin Hoffman, said he has had enough of costume dramas.
Among their topics are communal traditions and personal power in Renaissance Florence: the Medici as signori, Tuscans and Lombards: the political culture of officialdom, a cardinal in Rome: Florentine and Medici ambitions, sound patrons: the Medici and Florentine musical life, and Cosimo de' Medici and Francesco Sforza in Machiavelli's Florentine Histories.
Lo stesso Cellini, in un importante passaggio dell'autobiografia, aveva dato a intendere che le tribolazioni sofferte alla corte di Firenze fossero il risultato della propria mancanza di piaggeria, attribuendo allo stesso Cosimo de' Medici il riconoscimento che una fondamentale "terribilita" di carattere e un difetto di servilismo cortigiano avevano avuto conseguenze esiziali sulla carriera dell'artista.
It was precisely in this period that Cosimo de' Medici stepped up his patronage: at the library of the San Marco monastery, in the new family palace on the Via Larga, and in his involvement in the civic ritual of the Magi, to take only a few examples.
All of them flourished within the exhibition's chronological boundaries, between the competition for the design of the Florentine Baptistery north doors in 1401 (in which Ghiberti triumphed over Brunelleschi)--each of the competitor's 'Sacrifice of Isaac' for the doors is on display--and the deaths of Cosimo de' Medici the Elder and Donatello in the 1460s.
But the poem also got him embroiled in a series of polemics, with Antonio da Rho, Pier Candido Decembrio, and Lorenzo Valla, leading Beccadelli eventually to write a recantation of his dedication to Cosimo de' Medici.
There are some slips: Pistoia was a subject not a client city of Florence; Cosimo de' Medici was not the architect of the Peace of Lodi; the city of Imola did not dominate Florence's trade routes to northern Europe; Savonarola was not a monk.
The second contains a new edition of Belluzzi's autobiographical notebook, a selection of letters and reports by Beliuzzi to Cosimo de' Medici, the transcription of Belluzzi's manuscript on fortifications in the Archivio di Stato, Turin, and a new edition of Belluzzi's treatise on earth fortification in an authoritative version.
Whereas Cosimo de' Medici was praised in contemporary texts as a paradigm of 'modern' magnificence, Nero served as a 'counter-exemplar' to those who abused their position.
She looks at a selection of portraits to explore the phenomenon as it evolved during the reign of Duke Cosimo de' Medici and Duchess Eleonora di Toledo (1537-74) in contexts of patronage and rites of passage, society and culture, and art history.