No wide-ranging consideration of the life and career of Cosimo 'il Vecchio' de' Medici has been published since 1938. This book grows out of a scholarly symposium organized by the Society for Renaissance Studies for the sexcentenary of Cosimo de' Medici's birth. The symposium, held in 1989, focused on the character, political interests and art-patronage of arguably the greatest statesman of early Renaissance Italy. With an introduction by Sir Ernst Gombrich, the essays discuss various facets of Cosimo's personality, political and cultural activities, his wit, his relations with the Popes of his time, his literary interests, his patronage of church building and fine arts, and finally the imagery of his tomb.
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