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Acidini opens the volume by examining Alberti's influence on contemporary (Filippo Lippi) and later artists (Verrocchio and Leonardo); she suggests Alberti as the architect for Verrocchio's subterranean tomb-pilaster of Cosimo the Elder in San Lorenzo.
Like Cosimo the elder and Lorenzo, the duke relied on expatriate Florentine merchants for information.
Also called Cosimo the Elder, he was a vastly successful banker, who became the first Medici to actually rule Florence.