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Cosimo De Medici
Birth: Sep. 27, 1389
Florence
Provincia di Firenze
Toscana, Italy
Death: Aug. 1, 1464
Florence
Provincia di Firenze
Toscana, Italy

Founder of the Medici political dynasty. First of the De Medici family to rule Florence, he is also know as "Cosimo the Elder" and "Cosimo Pater Patriae." In 1434, he consolidated the power of Florence in his and his family's hands, beginning the reign of the Medici that would last in Florence until the end of the Renaissance. He built up strong connections throughout Italy and Europe in his capacity as a banker, and applied the wealth of Florence in patronage of artistic and intellectual endeavors. He was noted for his patronage of culture and the arts, liberally spending the family fortune (which his astute business sense considerably increased) to enrich Florence. He was a patron and confidante of Fra Angelico, Fra Filippo Lippi, and Donatello, whose famed David and Judith Slaying Holofernes were Medici commissions. In spite of his riches and the lavish entertainments he provided for his guests, Cosimo lived modestly. He ate and drank moderately and simply and worked long, regular hours. He dressed without ostentation and was accessible to the humblest Florentine. His generosity, mildness, and wit were legendary. (bio by: MC) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Giovanni di Bicci de Medici (1360 - 1429)
 
 Children:
  Piero di Cosimo de Medici (1416 - 1469)*
  Giovanni di Cosimo de Medici (1421 - 1463)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Basilica di San Lorenzo
Florence
Provincia di Firenze
Toscana, Italy
Plot: Cappelle Medicee
 
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Originally Created by: MC
Record added: Nov 02, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9740780
Cosimo De Medici
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