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Guardians of RepublicanismThe Valori Family in the Florentine Renaissance$
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Mark Jurdjevic

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204489.001.0001

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Marsilio Ficino and the Valori Family

Marsilio Ficino and the Valori Family

(p.46) 2 Marsilio Ficino and the Valori Family
Guardians of Republicanism

Mark Jurdjevic (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Chapter Two analyzes the family's relationship to Marsilio Ficino, their Platonic patronage, and the tensions it created for the family's relationship with Savonarola. Bartolomeo, Filippo, and Niccolò Valori all supported Ficino in notable ways: Bartolomeo and Filippo with financial and political support, as well as occasional minor collaboration, and Niccolò with financial and political support, as well as formally bringing Ficino into the family's alliance and patronage network by making him a godparent to Niccolò’s son. The sustained support of Ficino by the Valori family created tensions in their friendship and alliance with Savonarola, who was at the same time publicly condemning the value of ancient philosophers as a guide for engaged activity in the Christian world. En route, it provides an explanation of when and why the ‘myth’ of the Platonic Academy emerged for the first time in early sixteenth‐century Florence.

Keywords:   Marsilio Ficino, Bartolomeo, Filippo, and Niccolò Valori, Savonarola, Neoplatonism, Plato, humanism, Platonic Academy, Lorenzo de’ Medici

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