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Centers of Progress: Florence (Art)

The People Of Florence

Around the 15th Century, Florence was fortunate to have:

  1. Polymath Leonardo Da Vinci, the quintessential Renaissance Man.
  2. The artists Raphael and Michelangelo.
  3. The sculptor Donatello.
  4. The writer of ‘The Prince’, Niccolò Machiavelli.
  5. The explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
  6. The artist Andrea del Verrocchio, mentor of Da Vinci.
  7. Sandro Botticelli, another great artist.
  8. The first modern engineer and father of Renaissance architecture, Filippo Brunelleschi.

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