Art and Patronage in Renaissance Florence

An illustrated talk by Dr Sandra Cardarelli

9th March 2023 at 19:15 at Rubislaw Church Centre, 1 Beaconsfield Place, Aberdeen AB15 4AB


Fifteenth-century Florence was buzzing with construction and art sites, the most evident of which was the construction site of Brunelleschi’s dome. But who were the patrons? And what do these artworks tell us about the values and beliefs of the society of the time?

We will look at some significant commissions through the lens of the artists, their patrons, and their audiences. From the Medici family to the guilds and the Pope, their commissions reveal individual and group identities, political allegiances or rivalry, and the complex dynamic relationships that made Florence one of the most important cultural centres of the Renaissance.