Dale kent offers new insights and perspectives on the individual objects comprising the medici oeuvre by setting them within the context of civic and popular culture in early renaissance florence and of cosimos life as the leader of the medici lineage and the dominant force in the governing elite. Cosimo de medici was born in florence to giovanni di bicci de medici and his wife piccarda bueri on 10 april 1389 at the time it was customary to indicate the name of ones father in ones name for the purpose of distinguishing the identities of two like named individuals thus giovanni was the son of bicci and cosimos name was properly . The most powerful figure in the political and economic life of early renaissance florence cosimo de medici was also its greatest patron of the arts in her vigorously argued and exhaustively documented study kent history univ of california riverside has examined virtually every facet of medicean patronage between 1420 and 1464. An examination of the art of renaissance florence as an investigation into the oeuvre of the patron instead of the artist specifically cosimo de medici the godfather of the renaissance kent deliberately refrains from judging cosimo from a modern perspective instead focusing on how cosimos patronage both reflected and influenced art . Cosimo de medici was born cosimo di giovani de medici the son of giovanni de medici and his wife piccarda nee bueri he was a twin along with his brother damiano but damiano died soon after birth cosimo also had a younger brother lorenzo who joined him in the family banking business in adulthood
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