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The Pieta

Stanislav Traykov | Michelangelo' s pieta

In the High Middle Ages (1000 to 1300 A.D.), Florence was an obscure republic surrounded by powerful monarchies. Despite internal and external conflicts it rose to prominence through trade. Nobility and high birth did ensure prestige and influence but the families who managed the sources of capital held high positions in government. In the 13th and 14th centuries, the de Medici family effectively ruled the city and their power and influence reached their greatest extents under Lorenzo de Medici (born 1449), who’s son and nephew went to become Popes.