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MEDICI WOMEN AND IDENTITY

line ran out, they were still advocating for the city and its connections to the art world. The last of the Medici had no heirs and the Florence they built was under threat of invasion from foreign powers. I can imagine the fear of destruction the large armies brought as they made their way over the lush Tuscan countryside. The Medici impact on the Florence of the Renaissance was already written into the city’s history, but thanks to Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, the artwork that time produced was safe from possible destruction and was allowed to remain a part of the Florence we know today. Anna Maria came up with a secure will and legal paper known as the Family Pact, that donated all of her and her family’s jewelry and artwork to the city of Florence. She would give the new Duke all of her worldly possessions, collections of artwork she obtained from all across Europe, only if he agreed that they were tied to the state and to never let the artwork leave the city of Florence. Florence as a city has had strong cultural ties to the artwork of the Renaissance and to the House of the Medici because of this idea that the art truly belongs to the city itself. The stakes of identity were never on the line for Anna Maria as she would always belong to the Medici family name, but she cared enough for her city that she knew the artwork

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BLENDING Magazine Spring 2019  

The latest Blending Magazine has been released. The Spring 2019 issue was inspired by the FUA spring conference theme Caterina De' Medici: 5...

BLENDING Magazine Spring 2019  

The latest Blending Magazine has been released. The Spring 2019 issue was inspired by the FUA spring conference theme Caterina De' Medici: 5...

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