Would you like to travel to Italy this Summer? Or better yet, what about traveling to Italy during the time of the Renaissance? Art was thriving in Florence, Italy during the 15th century due to the Renaissance and some financial help from the Medici family. Artists, engravers, goldsmiths, and silversmiths flocked to Florence, the capital of art, to learn, create, and live among other artists. If you love Italy and have an interest in art, then don’t miss the opportunity to see this rare collection at the Gems of the Medici exhibit.
The Medici’s were a powerful and influential family that resided in Italy between the 13th and 18th century. The Medici’s first held public office in the 13th century, however their powerful political influence would not be felt until the 15th century. They rose to wealth primarily through banking and commerce. Due to their wealth they were able to exercise considerable influence over the art world that existed in Florence. It was the Medici’s who personally funded workshops and commissioned artists for their works.
In addition to being great supporters of art, the Medici’s also had a vast collection of rare and beautiful works. It was Anna Maria Luisa De’ Medici who stated in her will that the Medici gem collection must be kept together. This is why the world has the privilege of viewing this collection today. At Gems of the Medici you can get an inside look at the beautiful treasures the Medici’s gathered over the centuries. Not only did they commission artists currently living at the time for their artworks, they were also adamant about collecting rare and unique pieces. In this collection, you will be exposed to works that can be traced back to the 1st century BCE.
Don’t miss the chance to see the Gems of the Medici before the collection heads back to Florence. Guests staying in hotels around Anaheim CA this Summer should also take advantage of this opportunity! For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.
Date: Every Tuesday-Sunday until 9/15/13
Address: Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706