, Fine Arts
April 21, 2015
November 3, 2015
The exhibition Nel segno dei Medici – Tesori sacri della devozione granducale (In the Name of the Medici – Sacred treasures of Grand Ducal devotion) at the Cappella dei Principi in the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence has at its centre the sacred and precious gifts offered by the Medici.
Regularly the Medici offered magnificent gifts to the state that they governed, to the sanctuaries of Tuscany, and to political and religious rulers well beyond, as far as the Holy Land and Goa in India. These gifts consisted of votive crowns, altar pieces, chalices, monstrances, reliquaries, and altar panels, all masterpieces made by the best craftsmen available.
These have gifts have been called “vehicles of the articulated system of sacralisation of power”, as they are a testimony to the wealth, to the style, and above all to the economical and political power of the Medici family.
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