The Medici Brothers 1469-78

Robert Hole examines the often misunderstood careers of Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano, whose power in Renaissance Florence was wielded with great subtlety and skill.

Giuliano de' Medici (left) and Lorenzo de' Medici. Portraits by Botticelli and an unknown artistOn Tuesday 6 June 1469 a marriage was celebrated in Florence. In great ceremony the nineteen-year-old Lorenzo de' Medici, the elder son and heir of Fiero di Cosimo de' Medici, married Clarice Orsini, the sixteen- year-old daughter of a great family of Roman soldier barons. The nuptial mass was celebrated at the end of a wedding party which had lasted for three days and nights, during which large quantities of fine food and wine had been consumed.

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