The San Marco Altarpiece was badly abraded through faulty restoration in the nineteenth century, yet it is still remarkable for what it says of Fra Angelico's work, and of his patron's wishes. Piero seem have appropriated both the subject matter and the style of the earlier painting, as if to supplant the exiled Strozzi by assuming the very pictorial vocabulary that had characterized his commission.
Accused of spending money that was not his, Cosimo's house became part of arguments claiming that the Medicis built the Palazo with money that was not theirs. Ambrose, who had also consecrated Florence's first bishop. The trend toward ostentation and luxury which is so apparent in the private lives of the Medici was also visible in their public ceremonies.
Although Cosimo deliberately affected the manner of an old-fashioned merchant with simple tastes, his living style signalled the abandonment of such traditional virtues as austerity, thrift, and frugality, and the acceptance of ostentation as a socially desirable trait. Here Michelangelo's energetic and powerfully modelled architectural vocabulary free from the constraints of the Brunelleschian style imposed on him, to a certain extent, in the New Sacristy emerges in the tabernacle niches, the paired columns, the portal, all imbued with a feeling of solid strength.
History[ edit ] The Palazzo Medici Riccardi was built after the defeat of the Milanese and when Cosimo de Medici had more governmental power.
InChristina, Queen of Sweden was said to have fired one of the cannon on top of the Castel Sant'Angelo without aiming it first. The open colonnaded court that is at the center of the palazzo plan has roots in the cloisters that developed from Roman peristyles.
He typified the rational and calculating entrepreneur, the shrewd, toughminded realist who had banished passion and emotion from politics.
Other decorations of the palazzo included two lunettes by Filippo Lippidepicting Seven Saints and the Annunciationboth now at the National Gallery, London.
During the Renaissance, medals were commissioned by various rulers and wealthy families as a way of circulating their images in portable, relatively inexpensive form.