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A Signature of Power and Patronage: The Medici Coat of Arms, 1299-1492

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A history of the art patronage of the Medici family during the 15th century, using individual coats of arms to attribute specific acts of patronage to specific family members, often in contrast with previous historians. Also traces the origin and development of the family name and coat of arms, and the evolution of the Medici bank from its beginnings to the international bank of the 15th century. Includes color plates of 95 Florentine coats of arms. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations A: Florentine Coats of Arms
List of Illustrations B: The Medici, Their Coats of Arms and Personae Emblems in Conjunction with Art Patronage
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ancient Insignia and the Development of Heraldry in the Middle Ages; Heraldic Development in Florentine Families 1
Heraldry and Guild Patronage, Uses of Coats of Arms in Florence 15
1 Origin and Evolution of the Medici Coat of Arms; Origin of the Medici Name and Genealogy of the Family to 1378 33
2 Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici, 1360-1429; Establishment and Growth of the Medici Bank; Politics, Patronage, and the Coat of Arms of Giovanni di Bicci 49
3 The Rise to Power and the Expansion of the Medici Bank; Patronage and the Coat of Arms of Cosimo de' Medici, 1434-1464 71
4 The Continuity of Political Power, Patronage and Coat of Arms of Piero de' Medici, 1464-1469 107
5 The Decline of the Medici Bank; Power, Patronage, and the Coat of Arms of Lorenzo de' Medici, 1469-1492 143
Conclusion 181
Bibliography 187
App. A. Glossary of Heraldic Terms 195
App. B. Glossary of Italian Terms 203
App. C. Ordinary of Arms of Florentine Families with Some Usual Charges 211
App. D. Select Genealogy of the Medici Family 217
App. E. Medici Coats of Arms 221
Plates of Florentine Coats of Arms I-LV 225
Plates of Medici, Their Coats of Arms and Personal Emblems in Conjunction with Art Patronage Figure 1-65 283
Vita 351
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